Companies dodging responsibility in pizza delivery driver's death

Jan. 31, 2005

The Orlando Sentinel: After a delivery driver from a Papa John's franchise in Leesburg, Fla., was slain on the job three years ago, his widow sued his employer for sending him into a dangerous neighborhood.

Now, it's unclear who his employer was.

Even though driver John Horan wore a Papa John's uniform, lawyers for his widow determined he did not work for Louisville, Ky.-based Papa John's International and dropped the company from the lawsuit.

In an affidavit, store manager Anthony Ritter said Jordan Nicholas Elliott Inc. was in charge of the day-to-day operations and had its name on the door as owner of the franchise. But he said Brandon Pizza Group appeared on its paychecks.

Both companies remain as defendants in the lawsuit, but each said Horan was not one of its employees.

"Let's face it: He was somebody's employee," said lawyer Jerry Lockett, who is representing Horan's widow, Theresa. "They're both saying, 'He's not one of mine,' " he said.

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Topics: Crime , Papa John's

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