Mother of EMT in fatal accident files suit

Laura Pullum
Laura Pullum

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The day Alabama got its own dose of wintry mix is a day Mary Smith will never forget.

"Still distraught, still grieving because she has a compassionate feeling about the entire situation. She really wants to see justice done," says Jere Beasley of the Montgomery-based Beasley Allen law firm.

Her daughter-- EMT Laura Elizabeth Smith-Pullam --was doing her job at another accident scene involving icy roads when she was hit by a pick-up truck.

State troopers say the driver, Robert Cumbie, was speeding.

Pullam later died--leaving behind her infant daughter--Victoria Clarabelle. Lawyer Jere Beasley filed Smith's complaint on behalf of her granddaughter. In it, Smith demands Cumbie pay damages to provide for Victoria now that her mother is gone.

"She wants to make sure the future is good for this child-- that it'll be taken care of because of this lawsuit--because otherwise it would have no chance," says Beasley.

Beasley says he hasn't discussed a proper amount with Smith and says ultimately it's up to the jury.

WSFA 12 News contacted Robert Cumbie, who declined to comment.

But Beasley says Smith isn't out for revenge.

"She really has no animosity toward the person who caused this. She wants to take care of the child," adds Beasley.

Beasley says Smith wants the public to be fully aware tragedies like this can happen to other people. She hopes the lawsuit is a message for people to slow down, especially around emergency vehicles.

The case is expected to go to trial in about six months.

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