Widow of man killed on Brent Spence Bridge files lawsuit

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The widow of a man who was killed after falling from the Brent Spence Bridge last year is filing a lawsuit against another driver involved in the incident.

Abdoulaye Yattara was killed in June when his car broke down in the right lane of the bridge. A good Samaritan stopped to help Yattara, and when Yattara when to the passenger side to thank him, the Samaritan was rear-ended by a minivan, knocking Yattara off the bridge and into the Ohio River.

Yattara's widow, Hawa Traore, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Hamilton County on Dec. 22 against the driver of the minivan, Kenneth Hickman, and his employer, Acme Lock.

The lawsuit, which seeks at least $25,000, says that Hickman "negligently drove his motor vehicle at a high rate of speed...as a result of following too closely to traffic in front of him and by not concentrating and paying attending while operating his motor vehicle."

The suit also claims Acme Lock is "liable for the negligent acts and omissions of its employees during the scope of their employment."

Yattara, 42, left behind a wife and two children, ages 6 and 2.

Charges were not filed against Hickman after the incident.

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