Family of crash victim files claim against Kern County

Published 06/04 2014 06:20PM

Updated 06/04 2014 06:31PM

SHAFTER, CA -- The wife of a man who was killed in a crash east of Shafter has filed a wrongful death claim against the County of Kern.

Kenneth Leon Stallings, 56, died in a single-vehicle accident on November 27, 2013. The crash took place on Zerker Road near Lerdo Highway.

Stallings' truck veered off the roadway, over a ditch, and into an orchard, investigators said. The truck then struck an almond tree, killing Stallings on impact.

The claim alleges there was a six-inch drop from the roadway to the dirt shoulder, and indicates Stallings' truck hit that gap and lost control. Stallings' wife claims the county created a hazardous situation and is seeking unspecified financial damages.

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