VERDIGRE, Neb. — The family of a Verdigre man killed in a motorcycle accident last summer has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the motorcycle's tires and others.
Mark Pischel, 54, died after the motorcycle he was driving on Aug. 24, 2012, blew a rear tire and he lost control near Creighton in Antelope County. He died the next day at a Sioux City hospital.
Pischel's widow, Kimberlee, filed the lawsuit June 10 in Knox County District Court on behalf of herself and his two children, Dustin and Jacey.
The suit contends that the motorcycle tire was defective and went flat without reason. It also contends the tire contained a defective valve stem.
The suit was brought against Dill Air Control Products of Oxford, N.C.; HFR Hwa Fong Rubber Co. of Covington, Ga., also known as Duro Tire Co.; Tech International, an importer; Shanghai JMSTAR Motorcycle Co.; New Star Technology; and City Scooters.
HFR Hwa Fong Rubber Co. and Dill Air Control Products filed responses this week, denying the allegations.
A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 27.