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Wyoming Highway Patrol

A Wyoming Highway Patrol vehicle sits outside the Wyoming Capitol in January 2013 in Cheyenne. A former trooper is suing the owner of a food delivery truck that turned in front of his patrol car and caused a head-on crash in 2015.

POWELL (WNE) — A former trooper with the Wyoming Highway Patrol is suing the owner of a food delivery truck that turned in front of his patrol car and caused a head-on crash in 2015.

In a complaint filed in Wyoming’s federal court last week, former trooper Rodney Miears and his wife Marian, of Cody, seek compensation from Sysco Montana.

The legal complaint alleges that Sysco negligently failed to “keep, maintain, enforce and follow safe driving practices and safe driving policies,” including in failing to properly supervise and train truck driver James Friede.

On June 15, 2015, Friede had been attempting to make a delivery to the Yellowstone Valley Inn on U.S. Highway 14/16/20. According to law enforcement accounts of the crash, Friede never saw Miears coming; the truck made a left-hand turn into the inn, pulling directly in front of Miears’ patrol car.

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In the ensuing collision, Miears was pinned into his vehicle and suffered injuries to his back and spine. The Wyoming Highway Patrol cited Friede for failing to yield to approaching traffic while making a left-hand turn. He is not named as a defendant in the recently filed suit.

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