April 24, 2014

Family of woman killed in crash with inmate files legal claim against state

The family of a woman killed when a state van driven by a prison inmate crashed into her mini-van at a Lincoln intersection has taken the first step toward a lawsuit against the state.

The son of Joyce Meeks, Martell Buchanan, confirms the family filed a legal claim with the state. He says the family wants answers from state officials, such as why an inmate with previous convictions for reckless driving and Driving Under the Influence was allowed to drive other prisoners to and from work-release assignments.

The fatal accident occurred late in the evening of June 25th. A van driven by inmate Jeremy Dobbe crashed into Meek’s vehicle. Meeks was pronounced dead at the scene. Dobbe is serving time for meth possession and has past convictions for DUI and reckless driving.

The state has ended the inmate van driver program.