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Trial in deadly firetruck crash gets underway Monday

This photo of a wreck involving a fire truck on Ribaut Road in Port Royal was uploaded to Facebook by Lottie Campenella, with an accompanying caption that suggested the firefighters were not injured.
This photo of a wreck involving a fire truck on Ribaut Road in Port Royal was uploaded to Facebook by Lottie Campenella, with an accompanying caption that suggested the firefighters were not injured. Special to The Beaufort Gazette

This story was updated Oct. 6 because the judge assigned to the case has changed.

The family of a pedestrian killed when a former Marine suffered a psychotic episode is expected to be in Beaufort County Court on Monday in the lawsuit against the hospital from which the man ran.

Kalvin Hunt fled naked from the Naval Hospital in Beaufort on Feb. 24, 2012, stole a Port Royal firetruck, struck Justin Miller and killed him before crashing the truck in a wooded area.

Hunt was found not guilty by reason of insanity in December of 2014.

At the time of the incident, Hunt was at the hospital for mental evaluation, 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said in 2014. It was determined by three forensic psychiatrists that Hunt suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and had been showing symptoms months before the incident.

Jury selection for the civil suit begins at 10 a.m. Monday before Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein in the Beaufort County Courthouse.

Miller's family is represented by Motley Rice LLC.

Follow Caitlin Turner on Twitter at twitter.com/Cait_E_Turner.

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