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Wrongful Death Suit Going to Trial in Hurricane City

A federal judge in Salt Lake City has ruled that wrongful death lawsuit against Hurricane City, and two members of its police department may proceed to trial.

In 2009, Brian Cardall and family were traveling through Washington County returning to their home in Flagstaff, when Cardall experienced a manic episode related to bipolar disorder. He left his vehicle and began removing his clothing. His wife Anna dialed 911. Within minutes Chief Lynn Excell and Officer Kenneth Thompson of the Hurricane Police Department arrived.

Cardall died after the officers twice used a taser to subdue him. Cardall was uncooperative, but unarmed and naked.

On Wednesday, Judge Clark Waddups ruled that three of the seven claims of negligence and wrongful death may proceed to trial.