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Jury chosen for wrongful-death lawsuit in Port Royal stolen fire truck incident

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. 7, 2015, to correct the legal firm representing Casepro Inc.

A jury of seven men and five women was selected Tuesday to consider a lawsuit filed by the family of a pedestrian struck and killed after a former Marine ran away from a hospital and stole a fire truck in 2012.

The lawsuit was filed by Rebecca Delaney, the mother of 28-year-old Justin Miller, who died after Kalvin Hunt ran naked from Naval Hospital Beaufort, stole a Port Royal fire truck and struck Miller before crashing into a wooded area. Delaney is represented by Motley Rice LLC.

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Delaney is suing Casepro Inc., the hospital's staffing agency. The suits claims Casepro is responsible for the wrongful death of Miller and negligent undertaking of duty, according to the initial complaint filed in November 2012.

The amount of damages sought will be determined by the jury, said Delaney attorney David Hoyle.

Casepro Inc. is represented by by Carlock, Copeland and Stair.

Casepro Inc. contends the true employer of the employees involved in the incident is the U.S. Department of the Navy and denies responsibility for Miller's death.

The complaint alleges Hunt walked out of the hospital's front gate on Feb. 24, 2012, when an employee and Veterans Affair officer were aware that Hunt "intended to hurt others," the complaint said.

"As a result, personnel employed by Defendant Casepro were aware that Kalvin Hunt presented a serious danger of violence to others," the complaint said.

The suit is being heard at the Beaufort County Courthouse in Beaufort.

Judge Diane Goodstein, who read the facts of the case to jurors Tuesday, said that on the day of the incident Hunt went to the hospital with a VA employee to refill a prescription.

While at the hospital, Hunt said he had thoughts of harming himself and was escorted to the emergency department.

After a psychiatrist evaluated Hunt, transportation was arranged to a psychiatric facility.

Hunt asked to get some fresh air, removed his clothes and ran from the hospital and the VA officer, Goodstein said.

The court session is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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