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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in Chris Henry death

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX19) -

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the estate of former Cincinnati Bengal Chris Henry.

The lawsuit was filed against Henry's fiancee and mother of two of Henry's children, Loleini Tonga, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Charles G. Monnett III, the attorney for Henry's estate, says that Tonga was driving negligently and caused his December 2009 death.

Police say that Henry died of blunt force trauma after falling out of the bed of a pickup truck that was being driven by Tonga, following a domestic dispute.

According to an autopsy released after his death, Henry suffered several injuries to his head, including a skull fracture, hematoma and abrasions.

He also suffered several large abrasions on his back and shoulders, following the incident. The lawsuit filed alleges that Tonga drove "carelessly and heedlessly and in willful and wonton disregard of the rights and safety of others, and specifically that of Christopher D. Henry."

Tonga told ESPN in January that Henry jumped, not fell, from the back of the truck while the two were having an argument. She was not criminally charged following Henry's death.

The lawsuit also lists Ofa Tonga, the mother of Henry's fiance, as a defendant. She owned the pickup truck involved in the accident.

The lawsuit asks for at least $10,000 for causing conscious pain and suffering and for wrongful death. It also asks for money to recover medical, funeral and burial expenses.

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