A Scott City man is suing a furniture company and one of its drivers in connection with an April crash that killed his daughter.17-year-old Amelia Fisher of Grassy was the passenger in a vehicle traveling on Highway 34 near Route U in Cape County when a Slumberland Furniture truck crossed the center line, colliding with the SUV. Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene. Christian Fisher of Scott City filed a wrongful-death suit against Minnesota-based Slumberland; its local franchisee, Sleepy Hollow Home Center of Cape Girardeau, doing business as Slumberland; and the driver of the truck, Bobby Joe Abernathy of Jackson. The crash still remains under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The lawsuit, seeking damages in excess of $25,000, alleges that Abernathy was in possession of illegal narcotics and was operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition, citing his prior driving record which includes DWI, driving with a suspended license and 5 cases of speeding. The suit also accuses Slumberland of negligence. Abernathy has not been charged with any crime in connection with the crash.
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