Woman Sues Safelite After Husband, Daughter Die in Rollover
May 9, 2013

by Jenna Reed, jreed@glass.com

A woman who says she lost both her husband and young daughter in a rollover crash in which the windshield allegedly separated from the vehicle has filed suit against Safelite, whom she claims replaced the windshield in the vehicle. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Clark County, Nev., according to court documents obtained by glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR™ magazine.

The suit was filed by Iwona Patnaude, who is listed as the surviving spouse of Jason Patnaude and Victoria Patnaude, and Nancy Patnaude, Jason's mother.

The suit alleges that on December 27, 2011, Jason Patnaude 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 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 write in the court documents. "The subject Tundra crossed the highway's median and rolled over across the eastbound lanes and off the roadway. During the incident, the windshield of the subject Tundra separated from the vehicle. During the incident, the roof of the subject Tundra collapsed. Jason R. Patnaude and Victoria Patnaude sustained fatal head injuries in the crash. Jason R. Patnaude and Victoria Patnaude died at the scene."

During the incident, attorneys allege "the windshield separated from the rest of the vehicle, contributing to the degree of crush sustained by the subject Tundra's roof structure. … The Safelite defendants' negligent installation of the windshield on the subject Tundra resulted in its failure in the rollover incident."

In addition to the Safelite Group and its third-party administration arm, Safelite Solutions, Anthony J. Stark is listed as a defendant in the suit. His address is listed as Safelite AutoGlass, 62 Spectrum Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101. Calls to the business phone number for this address by glassBYTEs™/AGRR™ editors were transferred to a national Safelite AutoGlass line.

Patnaude's attorneys allege that "as a direct and proximate result of the incident addressed in this complaint, plaintiff Iwona Patnaude sustained severe nervous shock and emotional upset secondary to her close proximity to and observation of her fatally injured and suffering husband and daughter."

The claimants are seeking a jury trial and reimbursement for injuries as well as damages in excess of $50,000.

Safelite PR manager Melina Metzger has confirmed the company performed a windshield replacement on the vehicle six years prior to the accident, but decline to comment further due to pending litigation.

Other defendants listed in the lawsuit include Toyota Motor Corp., Toyota Motor Sales USA, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana, AutoNation USA Corp., Desert Scion/Toyota, Steve Romeo and Lisa Armstrong, as well as Centennial Toyota.

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