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Son Files Wrongful Death Suit

March 15, 2002

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ A woman accused of striking a homeless man with her car, driving home with him stuck in her windshield and leaving him to die in her garage now faces a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the man’s son.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday by Brandon Biggs, 19, claims that 25-year-old nursing aide Chante Mallard’s ``grossly negligent actions″ led to his father’s death.

Mallard, charged with murder, is jailed on a $250,000 bond. She has told police she hit Gregory Biggs, 37, near her house in October, then drove home, parked and left him, according to an affidavit. Mallard’s friends allegedly moved the body to a park.

The body was found Oct. 27. A tipster told the police Mallard talked about the accident at a party.

Police originally said the elder Biggs could have lived as long as two days in Mallard’s garage. Earlier this week, though, the county medical examiner said he likely died within a few hours or possibly as long as a day.

A high school senior, Brandon Biggs said last week he was not angry at Mallard and wanted to meet her to better understand what she did. He declined to comment on the lawsuit Thursday.

His attorney, Roland Johnson, said the suit does not specify the amount of damages sought.

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