GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – A mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Greenville County and the SC Department of Transportation after her son was hit by another vehicle and killed while riding his bike.
Takevis Rucker, 15, died on March 18, 2017 after being struck along Old Augusta Road.
The lawsuit, filed on March 15, 2019, states there was little to no illumination on the stretch of road where the deadly collision occurred.
The suit alleges the county and the SCDOT were negligent, and listed these specific claims:
In maintaining an unreasonably hazardous and unsafe roadway;
In failing to properly illuminate the roadway;
In failing to take the steps to warn bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians of the unsafe condition of the roadway:
In failing to remedy the dangerous condition of the roadway when it knew or should have known such dangerous conditions existed;
In violating its own rules for the maintenance and illuminance of the roadway;
In such other and further particulars as the evidence may establish.
The lawsuit states Rucker’s family incurred medical and funeral expenses, in addition to suffering grief and mental anguish.
The plaintiff is hoping to receive payment for actual and punitive damages, plus court costs, and any further judgement the court may deem just and proper.
“The biggest thing is that she will not see or believe that her son's death was in vain," Activist Bruce Wilson with Fighting Injustice Together said, "I hope, for his mom, that something good could happen, that she knows in her heart that she's done something that will protect another child and we won't see this happen again."
Wilson released this statement on behalf of the Rucker family.
“Takevis was a happy-go-lucky kid who loved his friends and family dearly. He was relentlessly positive. Takevis would lift people up who were down, and put others before himself. He loved to play basketball and was actually on his way home from playing basketball at Blythe Academy the night he passed away. Not a day goes by where we do not think of him. Words cannot describe how much he is missed. We hope this lawsuit will help to make the neighborhood safer for everyone. We know that is what Takevis would want."
Wilson also released this statement on behalf of his activist group:
"Almost exactly two (2) years ago our community lost the life of a fine young man, Takevis Rucker. Mr. Rucker, age 15, was killed while riding his bicycle home after playing basketball with his friends at Blythe Academy on the evening of March 18, 2017. The family continues to mourn his loss, but is hopeful that this tragic event will ultimately lead to positive change. FIT respects the privacy of the Rucker Family and applauds their efforts to make Greenville a safer community for all.”
FOX Carolina reached out to both Greenville County for comment on this lawsuit.
A spokesman from the SCDOT said the agency “makes no comments on pending litigation.”
Greenville County spokesman Bob Mihalic said the county also had no comment at this time.