HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – A family of a woman who drowned in a Horry County Sheriff’s Office pickup truck during Hurricane Florence filed a lawsuit Thursday against the consultancy firm that creates policies for the sheriff’s office.
Wendy Haywood Newton’s family have filed a lawsuit alleging that Moseley Architects did not have good enough policies for transporting mentally ill patients, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims the company “failed to provide adequate policies and procedures endangering HCSO MPs, inmates, warrant officers, inmates and Wendy Newton.”
The family say Moseley Architects owed Newton due diligence. The company “should have known that failure to create and finalize adequate policies, procedures and training for the HCSO would subject inmates, inmates and persons on recognizance orders to prejudices, such as the type of prejudice suffered by Wendy Newton ”.
The family allege that the company’s lack of protocols resulted in Newton’s death.
The family seeks unspecified damages.
Newton and Nicolette Green both died after being trapped in a Horry County Sheriff’s Office van during flooding caused by Hurricane Florence in 2018.
Former MPs Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop were in charge of the van that night and a disciplinary report says Flood was the driver and that he “made the conscious decision to drive a transport van around a barricade and in flood water (a substantial risk) which resulted in the death of patients after supervisors provided them with a safe route to avoid flooding. “
Flood and Bishop were both fired from the sheriff’s office in October 2018. They were indicted by a grand jury in 2019.