Reid’s Family Will Sue Driver Over Collision

Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:58pm

The wife and daughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will move forward with a civil suit against a truck driver who struck their minivan in March — despite the fact that criminal charges were thrown out Wednesday.

Following the decision by a judge in Fairfax County, Va., to dismiss charges against Alan Snader, the attorney for Landra Reid and her daughter vowed to move forward with a civil suit.

“Senator Reid is grateful that his daughter and wife are alive and very appreciative of the efforts of the first responders and medical personnel who treated them. Landra however is still recovering from this incident. It is important to note that this was merely a traffic hearing. At the appropriate time, a civil case, which will produce all of the evidence surrounding the accident, will be heard,” Reid attorney Charles Zauzig said in a statement.

“Landra Reid and her daughter hope that no family in the future will have to endure similar hardships due to the recklessness of this truck driver,” he added.

Snader’s truck struck the minivan carrying Landra and Lana Reid on March 11 on the infamous “mixing bowl” intersection in Fairfax, an area well-known for traffic accidents.

Snader denies the Reids’ claim that he rammed into their van from behind and insists that their vehicle — driven by Lana — suddenly swerved in front of his truck.

Although the Reids’ attorney told the court they had an independent witness to back up their version of events, the judge agreed with Snader’s motion to dismiss, saying the state had failed to prove he had caused the accident.