Feb 12, 2020 5:12 PM

Father sues over Missouri crash that kills 3 children

Posted Feb 12, 2020 5:12 PM
 Dobos children -photo courtesy Greenlawn funeral home
 Dobos children -photo courtesy Greenlawn funeral home

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the deaths of three of his children last year in a southwest Missouri crash.

 Ionel Dobos alleged in the suit filed this month that a tractor-trailer driver failed to signal in July when he re-entered Interstate 44 after having been parked on the side of the road near Springfield. He also sued the children's mother, Claudia Dobos, alleging she was speeding.

Troopers say her van hit the front of the rig and then went into the guardrail. The impact tore a large hole in the side of the van, causing 6-year-old Julia Dobos, 7-year-old Angelina Dobos and 8-year-old Olivia Dobos to be ejected and killed.

Five other of Claudia and Ionel Dobos' children also were in the van, and some of them suffered significant injuries.

The lawsuit also named companies that were in charge of employing and supervising the rig's driver. The suit alleged that he violated rules that prohibit truckers from driving more than 70 hours in an eight-day period and eight-straight hours in a day.

 No criminal charges have been filed in the crash.

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Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.