Crash victim’s father sues other driver

By The Mercury

The father of a girl whose mother was killed in a May 2012 two-vehicle crash on K-18 has filed suit against the driver of the other car seeking damages as a result of the accident.

The suit was filed in Riley County District Court by Paul Howe on behalf of his daughter, Destinie Howe. It alleges that the defendant, Miles Eugene Theurer, 24, of Wellington, caused the accident due to negligent driving.

The accident occurred May 14 on a two-lane stretch of K-18 between Manhattan and Ogden that was under construction at the time. The child’s mother, Elizabeth Young, 31, was killed, as was Michael Stanley, 32.

Authorities have said that Theurer, who has been identified as a Kansas State University student, was driving eastbound in a westbound lane when his vehicle struck one driven by Stanley head-on. In addition to the fatalities, Theurer and three other occupants of his vehicle were injured.

In the civil suit, Howe also alleges that Theurer was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck.

The civil suit seeks in excess of $75,000 in damages from Theurer, citing “loss of society, comfort and companionship, loss of parental services, attention, care, advice and loss of parental earnings for her financial support.”

In November, Theurer pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless aggravated battery in connection with the accident. He was released on $50,000 bond, with trial on the criminal charges set for May 7.

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