Wrongful death lawsuit filed in LMPD Det. Mengedoht’s case

Mother of fallen LMPD detective Deidre Mengedoht sues MSD

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Friday in the case of Detective Deidre Mengedoht.

Mengedoht was killed on Christmas Eve 2018 while conducting a traffic stop on I-64 east between 4th and 6th streets.

Police have charged former Metro Sewer District employee Roger Burdette, who was officially fired Friday, with murder and DUI. The lawsuit names Burdette and MSD as defendants.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages contending MSD failed to supervise Burdette, who had been a 10-year tractor-trailer driver for the agency.

“MSD has an obligation to properly employee supervise, train and retain its employees,” Ron Hillerich, the attorney representing Mengedoht’s mother, said.

Mengedoht’s mother is also the administrator of her estate.

Hillerich is the attorney representing Detective Mengedoht’s mother.
Hillerich is the attorney representing Detective Mengedoht’s mother. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

The question posed by their newly filed wrongful death lawsuit in the crash that killed the LMPD detective: How could someone from MSD not have noticed a problem with 10-year employee and tractor trailer driver Roger Burdette?

“I really want to know what kind of training this man had, how he was supervised because something is inadequate somewhere down the line and we’re going to get to the bottom of it," Hillerich told WAVE 3 News.

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Police said after the December 24 crash under the Belvedere, Burdette failed a field sobriety test, admitted to taking multiple prescription drugs and said he made no attempt to avoid the cruiser with its lights on.

Hillerich, who’s taken on big agencies like Louisville Water and the Louisville Zoo after it’s train derailment, is claiming gross negligence and seeking damages that would go to the detective’s son. But he said Mengedoht’s mother also wants to send a message about Kentucky’s Move Over Law to protect police and emergency workers.

“If you’re approaching an intersection and there’s a police vehicle you move over and slow down," Hillerich said. "If you see them on the interstate you do the same.”

LMPD Detective Deidre “Dee Dee” Mengedoht died on Christmas Eve while conducting a traffic stop on I-64.
LMPD Detective Deidre “Dee Dee” Mengedoht died on Christmas Eve while conducting a traffic stop on I-64. (Source: LMPD)

He said the mother is too shaken to talk right now, but wanted to thank the community for supporting her grandson.

“The outpouring of support and generosity,” Hillerich explained. “She’s overwhelmed.”

The suit also seeks to cover medical, burial and legal costs. MSD had no comment on the litigation.

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