Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Wreck that Killed Teen

The stepfather of a teenager killed in a fatal car crash last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Brandon Scott Smith, the driver of the 2004 Nissan Altima that overturned and struck a parked vehicle on Jackson Trace Toad at 1:00 a.m. on September 30, 2012.

Patricia Gayle Todd, 19, was thrown from the car and later died at the scene.  An investigation by Alabama State troopers into skid marks at the scene revealed that Smith was traveling at least 70 miles per hour on the road, which has a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour.  Smith, 25, later admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol and smoking marijuana according to the accident report. He was arrested and later released from Tuscaloosa County Jail.

Brandon Scott Smith, of Northport, is facing criminal charges that are still pending, including: manslaughter, two charges of second degree assault, one charge of third degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, striking an unoccupied vehicle, second degree possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license.  A court hearing on those charges has been scheduled and will take place next month.

The civil suit that was filed by stepfather Jerry Plowman, seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial.