A bride-to-be was seriously injured in a head-on crash with her fiance at the wheel, and now she’s suing her future hubby because he was a European incompetent driver that steered into oncoming traffic.
She also has sued in Los Angeles Superior Court the man’s employer, Nestle USA Inc., as the car they were in was owned by that firm.
It’s been a year since the Arizona crash, and it’s not clear if the couple is still together, broke up or actually got married after the accident in which he was also injured.
Ashley Wills’ Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit names as defendants Adrien Dupitier of Los Angeles and his employer, Glendale-based Nestle USA Inc.
The suit alleges negligence and negligent entrustment.
Wills seeks unspecified damages in the lawsuit filed Wednesday. A representative for Nestle could not be immediately reached.
The suit states that Wills and Dupitier were headed east on Route 66 near Kingman, Ariz., on Sept. 2, 2016, when Dupitier, driving a sedan owned by Nestle, crossed over the center line and collided head-on with a 2003 Ford F150 pickup at about 10:55 p.m. According to a GoFundMe page established on the couple’s behalf, Wills suffered internal bleeding and a spinal injury that required surgery. Dupitier sustained a bladder hematoma in addition to cuts and bruises, according to the GoFundMe page.
Wills and Dupitier were traveling to her parents’ home in Flagstaff to complete their wedding plans, according to the GoFundMe page.
The lawsuit attributes the accident to Dupitier’s “incompetence and unfitness to drive,” noting that he previously lived in Europe and was unfamiliar with local traffic rules and regulations.
Brian Panish, one of Wills’ attorneys, did not reply to an inquiry about whether Wills and Dupitier are still in a relationship. However, their Zola wedding registry posting, entitled “Ashley & Adrien,” was still up more than a month after the accident.
A photo on the registry of the couple embracing in front of the Eiffel Tower has a line under it that reads, “We can’t wait to celebrate our wedding with you.”
–City News Service