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Family sues truck driver and trucking company over Thanksgiving Day pile-up

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It has been just over a year since Debra and Vincent Leggio were killed in last year's Thanksgiving Day pile-up on Interstate 10 just outside of Beaumont.

Authorities determined fog created the conditions for the massive wreck, but the Leggios' children blame a truck driver for the deaths of their parents and are suing him and the trucking company.

Jury selection for the case started Wednesday afternoon with attorneys questioning 48 potential jurors.  By the end of the day, the jury pool had been cut by just four people.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

The couple from Pearland, Texas had just marked their 42nd anniversary and were encouraged to take a trip by their children.

The Leggios ran into fog just outside Beaumont on Interstate 10 eastbound.  According to court documents, they struck a car driven by Tamika Francois.  Their attorneys say the Leggios were not hurt at that time, but seconds later, they say a tractor-trailer crashed into and on top of the Leggios' suburban.

Attorney Joe Jamail said, "It played the biggest part.  How do you drive into fog when you can't see in front of you at the kind of speed this guy was traveling."

Richardo Fernando Kerr was driving the tractor-trailer for C.R. England trucking company.

State troopers recommended he be charged with criminal negligent homicide, but a Jefferson County grand jury cleared the Florida truck driver of any charges.  Still the family is suing him and the trucking company and have hired two legendary lawyers to fight for them, Joe Jamail and Walter Umphrey.

Neither Kerr nor the attorney representing him and the trucking company wanted to comment Wednesday.

Jury selection continues Thursday morning and a jury is expected to be seated by noon.

Testimony will not start until Monday.

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