(CN) – A widow claims her husband burned to death because a poorly installed television set in a motor coach fell from its mount, bonking another driver on the head. The man’s wife tried to steer the vehicle but it struck the truck her husband was driving, which burst into flame, the widow says.
Roxane Rodriguez Leal sued the Lazy Days RV Center in Hillsborough County Court, Tampa, Fla.
She claims Monaco Coach Corp. designed and built the 2004 motor coach with a defective TV mount over the driver’s seat. “Monaco received customer complaints regarding televisions falling out of the area in which they were installed, but the company failed to address those complaints,” she says.
She did not, however, sue Monaco Coach. She sued Lazy Days RV Center, from whom Don Tolner and his wife bought their RV. The Tolners are not named as defendants either.
Leal claims the Tolners’ motor coach drifted onto the median on southbound U.S. 77 in Texas, which dislodged the TV and dumped it on Don Tolner’s head, “rendering him unable to drive the vehicle.” His wife tried to regain control but failed, and “steered it into the tractor unit that Jose Luis Leal was driving northbound on U.S. 77. As a result of the collision, the tractor unit caught fire, and Jose Luis Leal burned to death,” according to the complaint.
Leal and her two minor children seek damaged for medical and funeral expenses, loss of her husband’s income, and her husband’s death, pain and suffering.
They are represented by Robert Ammons of Houston.