California Sues Dick Simon Trucking

Aug. 20, 2001
California has filed a lawsuit against Dick Simon Trucking to recover damages to the state capitol caused when a Simon driver intentionally rammed the
California has filed a lawsuit against Dick Simon Trucking to recover damages to the state capitol caused when a Simon driver intentionally rammed the building. The incident occurred in January 2001.

The state’s suit contends that the driver, Mike Bowers, had a history of mental and legal problems, of which Simon Trucking was aware at the time he was hired. Bowers drove into the south portico of the building. His vehicle burst into flames. Bowers was killed, and the building sustained fire, smoke, and water damage. The state says that repairs are still underway.

Officials at Simon Trucking have had no comment about the suit, which seeks $13.5 million in actual damages and $100 million in punitive damages.

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