By Chris BuchananPublished: June 4, 2014, 3:29 pmUpdated: June 4, 2014, 4:22 pm
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WJCL) – The wife of the late Ben Tucker announced this week that she is suing all parties involved in the accident that killed the famous jazz great.
The lawsuit, which included the city, county and hotel where the incident occurred, was filed just days before today’s one year anniversary of Tucker’s death after a golf cart he was driving was struck by a vehicle on Grand Prix of America Avenue.
In the lawsuit, Gloria Tucker’s legal representative Paul M. Hoffman said that the plaintiff demands a trial by jury against the defendants for the full value of “the life of Tucker, his pre-death pain and suffering and his funeral expenses” – an amount to be determined by the jury.
Legal documents from Gloria Tucker’s legal counsel claim that Westin Resort owners not only knowingly ignored obvious safety concerns regarding fast driving on the aptly-named road but also chose to delay construction of safety barriers and moved existing ones.
The suit claims that the hotel and the city and county agreed to put up barriers and signs to prevent high speed driving but that the hotel failed to erect them in a timely manner. The city is also accused of taking down speed limit signs on the roadway which is owned, controlled and maintained by the city and county.
Both the city and county are named in the suit as negligent for not acting when the structures were not constructed in time.
The suit claims Tucker was crossing the road to get to his car which was in a resort-owned parking lot on the other side when he was struck.
More on the anniversary memorial remembering Tucker’s life and the lawsuit tonight on WJCL News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. this evening.
Grammy-winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have played in New York nightclubs appeared in films (The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and for concerts at the Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival. Other recording projects include soundtracks for Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, Tamara Jenkins’s The Savages, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, Sam Mendes’s Away We Go, Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies, and John Krokidas’s feature, Kill Your Darlings; along with HBO’s Grey Gardens, Todd Haynes’s HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce and an upcoming Haynes’ film called Carol. The Nighthawks are also seen and heard in the USA Network series Royal Pains and the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook.
A Brooklyn native, Vince Giordano’s passion for this music and the people that made it began at age 5. He has amassed an amazing collection of over 60,000 band arrangements, 1920s and 30s films, 78 rpm recordings and jazz-age memorabilia. Giordano sought out and studied with important survivors from the period: Whiteman’s hot arranger Bill Challis; drummer Chauncey Morehouse; and bassist Joe Tarto. Giordano’s knowledge, passion, and commitment to authenticity led him to create a sensational band of like-minded players, the Nighthawks.
Giordano has single handedly kept alive an amazing genre of American music that continues to spread the joy and pathos of an era that shaped our nation. This summer, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks will perform at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing; Town Hall’s American premiere of Cole Porter’s La Ambassadeur Review; Music Mountain; Old Westbury Gardens; Kingsborough College; Pier 84’s Moon Dance; the Newport Jazz Festival; Morgan Park in Great Neck; and Levitt Pavillion in Westport, CT. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks can be heard every Monday and Tuesday at Iguana NYC.
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