Former Saginaw doctor sued in fatal crash case
(01/03/17) - Two sisters killed in a car crash, but who is to blame?
The man behind the wheel is already behind bars. Now, the family of the women want others to face justice.
The doctor who prescribed the man's medication and the pharmacy are being sued for their role in the accident.
It was back in March 2013 when a pick-up truck being driven by 48-year-old Kevin Haynes slammed into a car on Gratiot Road in Saginaw Township - killing sisters Carol Lyle and Judith Kelly, both of Bridgeport.
Police say Haynes’ truck crossed the centerline.
He was driving under the influence of drugs and sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, but the attorney representing the sister's family says Doctor Chidozie Ononuju bears some responsibility as well.
Court papers indicate Ononuju prescribed medicine for Haynes, who was using the medication during the crash.
“He was driving down the street admittingly chewing on a fentanyl patch in his mouth,” of Mastromarco Law Firm.
Earlier this month, Ononuju was sentenced to serve five years probation and pay a little than $400,000 for Medicaid fraud. He worked for American Medical Missionary Care out of a Saginaw office.
“They were filling prescriptions without having a legitimate medical purpose,” Kevin said.
Kevn Kelly believes Downs Pharmacy also bears some responsibility for the crash, since most of the prescriptions Ononuju was writing were filled there, including the one that Haynes received right before the fatal crash.
“If they were doing their job, making sure the prescriptions, the drugs that they were providing to individuals, were actually being used for appropriate therapeutic reasons, then the accident would have never happened,” he said.
The attorney for Downs Pharmacy did not want to comment on lawsuit.
Depositions are still being taken in the case.