Friday, April 15, 2016
Parents of Diamond teen killed in accident file wrongful death lawsuit
The action is to finalize a settlement with the insurance company.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Newton County Circuit Court by Gary and Christy Miksell, Diamond, parents of 15-year-old Jacee Miksell against Haylee A. Heidlage-Barnes, 16, a Diamond High School student.
The accident occurred 7:55 a.m. January 4 on Pelican Road, two miles east of Diamond. According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2000 Buick Regal driven by Barnes, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned, ejecting Jacee Miksell, who was not wearing a seat belt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Barnes suffered minor injuries and was treated at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin.
Online court records indicate Barnes insurance company is represented by St. Louis attorney Michael D. Mayes.
The action was filed 19 days after what would have been Jacee Miksell's 16th birthday.
(Updated to note that the lawsuit, which in these types of cases lists the driver as the defendant, is actually a matter of dealing with the driver's insurance company.)