If you saw a hearse going the wrong way on the Diagonal recently, here’s why: the body of the young man who was killed at the intersection of 28th and Iris Ave. was headed for a funeral. His father was in the hearse. And…
On the ride there, the hearse driver entered the Diagonal Highway going the wrong direction, “barely escaping oncoming traffic,” and didn’t pull over until Phillip Maldonado screamed, according to the lawsuit. After that, the driver began speeding toward a red light and slid to a stop only after Phillip Maldonado screamed again, the lawsuit said.
“To make matters worse, this was the same road that Mr. Maldonado’s son, Alex, was killed when a driver ran a red light only four days earlier,” the lawsuit said. “Crist and its driver employee was aware of the manner, cause and location of Alex’s death, yet drove the hearse with both Mr. Maldonado and Alex’s body in an egregiously insensitive, reckless, negligent and dangerous manner.”
When they arrived at the funeral home, the driver and another employee tried to unload the casket from the hearse.
“With Mr. Maldonado watching, one or more of the handlers let go of the casket and dropped it,” according to the lawsuit. “The casket went crashing to the cement ground, its lid opened suddenly, and Alex’s body tumbled out and fell directly onto its face directly in front of Mr. Maldonado.”
Maldonado is suing Crist Mortuary. Crist, for what its worth, says it is sorry.