Concrete Company Fined $200,000 For Deadly Accident

Posted at 4:05 PM, Aug 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:37:15-04

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. – A local concrete company and one of it’s employee have reached a deal in court surrounding an accident that left a man dead

Nashville Ready Mix plead no contest and was fined $200,000 for its role in the death of Sergio Garcia Lopez. Lopez was killed in 2013 after being hit by a Ready Mix truck near the Cheatham Dam Recreation Area.

The concrete company was accused of knowingly sending the truck on the road with too much weight and faulty brakes.

Tuesday in court the driver of the concrete truck, Robert Ashabranner, plead no contest to an amended charge of facilitation to commit reckless homicide despite his attorney's defense that the accident was unavoidable.

"I think this was just an extreme example of bad factors all coming together to create a bad result. I don't believe anybody could've stopped a fully-loaded concrete truck under these circumstances," said Ed Yarbrough.

A civil lawsuit filed by the victim's family against the company is still pending.