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Wife of late UTA employee suing company for damages

Lorie (right) and Kay (left) Ricks. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - Lorie Ricks, the wife the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) worker who was kidnapped and killed in May 2016, Kay Ricks, filed a lawsuit Friday against her late husbands former employer, saying they are responsible for the damages she suffered due to her husbands death.

Ricks was allegedly killed by D.J. and Flint Harrison, who were on the run from Centerville Police for luring several women into their home and attacking them. After the Harrison's kidnapped Ricks from a Trax platform on 1300 South in Salt Lake City, they drove him two hours north in a stolen UTA truck to a desolate stretch of road in Carter, Wyoming. There they assaulted him and beat Ricks to death.

D.J. was convicted and sentence to life in prison for the murder. Flint, D.J.'s father, was found dead in the Davis County Jail from an apparent suicide.

Ricks' family alleges, in a complaint and jury demand filed in Utah's Third Judicial District Court, that UTA was fully aware of the dangerous conditions Ricks was working in.

The complaint states that the UTA employees had told UTA management numerous times about the dangers UTA maintenance employees face by working alone in unsafe areas. It also states that "UTA failed or refused to place a GPS receiver in its maintenance trucks."

For safetly purposes, UTA employees are given a panic button. But when Ricks attempted to make a distress transmission on his UTA-issued radio, UTA failed to respond to the distress signal, according to the complaint.

"Upon information and belief, UTA failed to provide adequate training, supervision or attention to the receiving end of "panic button" communications, such that a distress signal sent via a panic button by Mr. Ricks was not received or acknowledge in anything close to a timely, reasonable manner."

The complaint states that as a result of Ricks death, Lorie Ricks has suffered emotional distress, and financial and emotional loss. She and her lawyer demand that the case be tried by a jury and that she be payed for the damages she has suffered.


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