COLUMBIA — The parents of an MU student killed in a motorcycle accident in August 2010 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in that crash.
The only child of Michael and Patricia Valora, Caitlin, was 20 years old when she died in the early morning of Aug. 9, 2010.
Aaron Hansberry was charged with involuntary manslaughter after a motorcycle accident caused the death of Caitlin Valora, according to court records.
Hansberry and Valora were driving westbound on East Nifong Boulevard when they passed a red light at dawn. The alcohol level in Hansberry’s blood was believed to be over the legal limit, as reported by the Columbia Tribune.
The lawsuit states the motorcycle then hit the curb at the T-intersection of State Farm Parkway, making the motorcycle fly 55 feet away and throwing Valora an additional 65 feet.
Hansberry was believed to be wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and the police did not find evidence of Valora wearing one, the Missourian reported.
The accident occurred after a party sometime between 5 and 7 a.m., although Hansberry did not report it until approximately 11 a.m., according to the Columbia Tribune.
The lawsuit states Hansberry violated traffic laws that included driving at a high speed, failure to stop or slow down and driving while intoxicated which caused Valora to suffer greatly from multiple injuries before she died.
Hansberry received treatment for a broken leg as a result of the accident, the Missourian reported.
Hansberry's father, Roger Hansberry, is also listed in the lawsuit. The suit states that Roger "knew or should have known that Aaron Hansberry was too inexperienced to operate the motorcycle safely," which in turn helped cause the accident. Hansberry was 21 at the time.
Michael and Patricia Valora did not respond to calls made by the Missourian.
Hansberry is set to stand trial on Sept. 13.