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Deadly stolen firetruck lawsuit rescheduled after statewide flooding

Kalvin Hunt, right, is escorted through the Beaufort County Courthouse on Dec. 18, 2014. Hunt was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of a pedestrian he struck while driving a stolen Port Royal firetruck in February 2012.
Kalvin Hunt, right, is escorted through the Beaufort County Courthouse on Dec. 18, 2014. Hunt was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of a pedestrian he struck while driving a stolen Port Royal firetruck in February 2012. Staff photo

Jury selection in the lawsuit filed by the family of a man struck and killed after a former Marine ran from a Beaufort hospital and stole a firetruck is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in Beaufort County Court.

Jurors were set to meet at 10 a.m. Monday to be chosen to hear the lawsuit filed by Justin Miller's family. Selection was postponed because of heavy rainfall and flooding statewide.

The Beaufort County Clerk of Court's Office said Monday all Beaufort County Court proceedings were canceled by the State Supreme Court.

Miller was struck and killed by a fire truck driven by Kalvin Hunt in 2012. Hunt had been at Naval Hospital Beaufort for mental evaluation.

Hunt fled naked from the hospital, stole a Port Royal fire truck, struck Miller and crashed into a wooded area.

Hunt was found not guilty by reason of insanity in December of 2014 after three forensic psychiatrists determined he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin in Judge Carmen Mullen's court, according to the clerk's office.

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

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