A lawsuit claiming a Penquis driver fell asleep while transporting two people was settled.
Joyce Stubbs and Richard C. Morgan, of Bangor, sued Penquis CAP Inc. and the driver, Brandon Tatro, saying Tatro, 27, of Bangor, fell asleep on Feb. 12, 2020, while driving the pair to Madison to visit Stubbs’ son.
The lawsuit was settled and dismissed Aug. 22 with prejudice and no attorney costs, according to Penobscot County Superior Court records. It was filed in July 2022.
No details about the settlement were made public in court records.
An attorney for Penquis declined to comment on the settlement. An attorney for Tatro was unavailable for comment.
The attorney for Stubbs and Morgan did not respond to requests for comment.
During the February 2020 drive, Tatro was driving around 70 mph when he left I-95 in Benton and went down an embankment around 11:33 a.m. The personal car Tatro was driving then flipped and landed on its roof, according to previous reporting.
Tatro was contracted by Penquis, a nonprofit social service agency that serves low-income residents of Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties. His contract was to drive qualified people to appointments.
The crash left Stubbs and Morgan with injuries that required and will continue to require medical treatment, according to the complaint. Stubbs said she was unable to work.
Stubbs, who was sitting in the backseat of the passenger side, was not wearing a seatbelt, previous reporting said. Stubbs appeared to have a head injury. Morgan and Tatro — who were both wearing seatbelts — said they had back pain.
All injuries were listed as minor.