10 Sep Sara C. Nolen, as Personal Representative of the Estate of John Frank Nolen v. Partnership Transportation Service, Inc. and Richard Edwardo Pyles
ETOWAH COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT SETTLEMENT OF $990,000
Mr. John Frank Nolen, a retired pharmacist, was on the way to perform fill-in work at a small family owned pharmacy when Partnership Transportation Service tractor trailer driven by Richard E. Pyles ran a red light and killed Mr. Nolen. During discovery it was determined that since Pyles had been employed with Partnership Transportation Service, he had been written up more than a dozen times, which, according to Partnership’s own policy manual, should have led to his termination. The owner of the company testified that if he would have known about Pyles history of violations that he would have personally fired him. It was also determined that for a period of time prior to the crash, Pyles was driving a tractor trailer for Partnership with a revoked commercial driver’s license.