A wrongful death lawsuit seeking at least $7 million has been filed against the estate of Houston attorney John O’Quinn by the family of Johnny Lee Cutliff, O’Quinn’s employee who died with him in a car crash.
Investigation into the October 2009 Houston, Texas car crash that killed both O’Quinn and Cutliff has shown that O’Quinn was driving between 76 and 79 mph where the speed limit is 40 mph, before he slammed into a tree. Neither man was wearing a seat belt. Police say O’Quinn’s car’s computer data showed the brakes were never applied. Both men died instantly of multiple blunt force injuries.
A family representative has sued both O’Quinn’s estate and his corporation, Classy Classic Cars, which the lawsuit alleges owned the SUV involved in the auto accident. The lawsuit, filed in November, alleges O’Quinn was grossly negligent and acted with conscious indifference and disregard for Cutliff’s health.
“I certainly hope we can resolve this thing fairly and find a just settlement for Johnny and his family,” said Gerald Treece, the executor of O’Quinn’s estate and a professor at South Texas College of Law. Treece, a longtime friend of O’Quinn, said he also called Johnny Lee Cutliff a friend.
O’Quinn and Cutliff had driven to Hobby Airport that morning, but O’Quinn skipped his flight to a San Antonio mediation and instead turned around and appeared headed back to his home to get something he forgot, possibly papers, when the two died.
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