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Delta hit with suit for ‘over-serving’ booze to husband in fatal hit

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Delta Airlines has been hit with a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a woman whose husband fatally mowed her down in a Utah airport parking lot — with her estate claiming flight attendants overserved her beau.

Representatives for the estate of slain mom Charlotte Sturgeon and her child — who witnessed the gruesome accident — say in the suit filed Thursday that the airline is to blame for her tragic death because its employees served husband Shawn Sturgeon at least two additional drinks despite him consuming “multiple” alcoholic beverages before even boarding the plane, according to a report by the Salt Lake Tribune.

The trio had been on a flight from vacation in San Antonio to Salt Lake City before the April 4, 2022 incident that occurred on the second level of a short-term parking garage at the Salt Lake International Airport.

The drinks that the crew served him, “had intoxicated Shawn to a level well in excess of the legal blood alcohol limit, rendering him impaired,” and he didn’t even remember landing or making his way to the car, the suit claims.

Delta Airlines has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly overserving alcohol to Shawn Sturgeon who fatally mowed down his wife in an airport parking lot after landing. Charlotte Sturgeon / Facebook

Once in the parking garage, Shawn argued so “loudly and viciously” with his wife that people nearby were “uncomfortable,” the outlet reported, citing criminal court papers from the time.

Shawn then got into the SUV driver seat and backed up, dragging Charlotte — who was outside the rear-right open door where her child sat — and causing her to fall under the vehicle.

He then put the car into drive and ran over his wife for about 10 feet before he finally stopped, the news site reported, citing criminal court papers and surveillance footage.

Charlotte Sturgeon, 29, was run over by the SUV that Shawn drove over her with while she was standing outside of the car on by the open rear right door where her child was seated. Joseph Dalton / Facebook

Shawn continued to berate his wife once he got out of the car saying “Are you f–ing crazy” and “Get the f–k up right now. Get off the ground and get in the car.” He put her into the car and drove to the tollbooth where he asked for help.

Charlotte was unresponsive when cops arrived and was later declared dead at a hospital.

Shawn’s blood alcohol levels were three time the legal limit at the time.

The suit claims Delta should have known how drunk Sturgeon was and its crew failed to intervene. AFP via Getty Images
Their child allegedly witnessed its mothers death. KUTV

The husband was sentenced to 20 years in prison in September 2022 after he pleaded guilty to automobile homicide and domestic violence in the presence of a child in September 2022, ABC4 reported.

Delta should have known that Shawn was heavily intoxicated when he was leaving the plane and yet, the employees took “no steps” to ensure he didn’t get behind a wheel or to inform the cops, the outlet reported, citing the suit.

The airline’s negligence was “intentional, willful, reckless, [and] wanton” and it cared more about making money “from continuing to sell” drinks to people “who are obviously intoxicated,” the filing alleges.

Shawn was sentenced to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to automobile homicide. Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office

And the Sturgeon’s child now suffers from emotional distress and psychological illness, the suit claimed.

The suit was filed by Denise Marie Nimtz, the legal guardian for the child and by Joseph Dalton who is representing the estate with Nimtz.

Delta said in a statement Monday: “Although we dispute the allegations in the complaint, we cannot comment further on the pending litigation.”




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