Pizza Hut named in wrongful death suit after fatal delivery driver crash
Pizza Hut's delivery practices are being called into question in a lawsuit filed this month by the son of a woman killed in a crash, which also injured his grandmother, according to the Wichita Eagle.
Wichita, Kansas, resident and Republican candidate for the Kansas House, Michael Capps, sued the Yum Brands chain this month in Sedgwick County District Court, alleging wrongful death and negligence on the part of the pizza chain. Capps' suit states that the brand's promise for quick, hot delivery caused the Pizza Hut driver, Courtney Clodfelter, to drive too fast, ultimately allegedly resulting in the rear-end collision that killed 59-year-old Karen Capps and injured 86-year-old Juanita Capps.
The two women were allegedly stopped on the roadside in February as a funeral procession passed when the accident occurred pushing their car into a utility pole in Wichita.
The suit alleges that the pizza brand requires "drivers to drive rapidly to deliver hot fresh pizzas in order to make a higher profit in a shorter amount of time and deliver as many pizzas an hour as humanly possible." Clodfelter worked at a Pizza Hut in Southeast Kansas, the story said.
No charges had been filed in relation to the wreck or fatality, since a district attorney's office spokesperson told the paper the case had not yet been presented to the office for consideration of charges if any.
Yum Brands, Pizza Hut parent company, has not responded to QSRWeb's request for comment.