Safelite Group has been dismissed from the lawsuit by a woman who says she lost both her husband and young daughter in a rollover crash, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Clark County, Nev. Iwona Patnaude initially alleged that the windshield separated from the vehicle in a North Dakota crash and listed Safelite as a defendant in her suit, claiming the company had replaced the windshield.
The U.S. District Court for Clark County, Nev., issued an “order to dismiss Safelite Group” from the lawsuit “with prejudice,” meaning the company cannot be sued again in the matter.
“After a thorough inspection of the vehicle and the windshield by an expert accident reconstructionist, we are extremely confident in the quality of the windshield installation, and contrary to the allegations in the lawsuit, the roof did not collapse,” says Melina Metzger, PR manager for Safelite.
Brian DiMasi, senior corporate counsel for Safelite, adds, “We continue to extend our sympathies to the Patnaude family for their loss. Tragedies like this serve as an important remind in our industry that we all must hold ourselves to the highest possible standards for the safety of our customers.”
The company entered no settlement agreement with Patnaude, Metzger noted.
In late 2011, Jason Patnaude, Iwona Patnaude’s spouse, was driving a Toyota Tundra Westbound on I-94 in North Dakota when he began to “slide upon contacting a patch of snow and ice on the roadway.” Both Iwona and Victoria Patnaude, her daughter, were passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
“Directional control of the subject Tundra was lost and could not be regained,” attorneys wrote in court documents. “The subject Tundra crossed the highway’s median and rolled over across the Eastbound lanes and off the roadway. … Jason R. Patnaude and Victoria Patnaude sustained fatal head injuries in the crash. Jason R. Patnaude and Victoria Patnaude died at the scene.”
Safelite PR manager Melina Metzger had confirmed the company performed a windshield replacement on the vehicle six years prior to the accident.