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Parents file suit following BCS Championship crash

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The parents of a University of Alabama student, who was killed following a crash on the drive back from the national championship football game, are now filing suit.  The lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Ala., alleges negligence, gross negligence and wantonness that resulted in the wrongful death of Natalie Baine.  On January 8, 2013, the car Baine was riding in collided with a charter bus and another vehicle.

Attorneys Jere Beasley and Chris Glover of Montgomery based law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. and Russell Blank of Georgia are representing Ms. Baine's family. Defendants include Capital Motor Lines, Herbert James Sanders, Hudson Parker Reidel, Thomas Matheney and Atiya Chana Crawley.  Two of the defendants in the case are also students at the University of Alabama.  Baine was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Hudson Riedel, President of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and owned by Sigma Chi member Thomas Matheney.

"I didn't know Natalie, but I've learned a lot about her since I've begun my representation of her family," Glover said. "She was an incredible girl who was loved by so many. Her life had so much promise and it was stolen from her far too early. It shouldn't have happened nor should she have died that night. Careless mistakes and foolish choices have consequences in life. We will do everything we can to hold those responsible for the death of this precious young woman."

The complaint alleges the Defendants failed to act reasonably and use proper care while driving. The complaint states Reidel, who was driving Matheney's 2009 Chevy Silvarado, turned in front of a Capital Motor Lines charter bus driven by Sanders and a 2008 Chevy Impala driven by Crawley, in violation of the law and without regard for the safety of others.

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