Widow Files Suit Against Harley Davidson

FORT WORTH, Texas – A Granbury, Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against Harley Davidson after a crash on a Harley Davidson motorcycle caused by a malfunctioning electronic throttle killed her husband. The woman was also seriously injured.

John DeBartolo purchased a 2008 FLHX Harley Davidson motorcycle on March 15, 2008 from Longhorn Harley-Davidson in Grand Prairie, Texas. The next week the electronic throttle failed to operate properly. Mr. DeBartolo called Longhorn Harley-Davidson to notify them of the problem. The motorcycle was delivered to the dealership for repair. It was supposedly repaired and returned to Mr. DeBartolo on March 22, 2008.

On March 24, 2008, John and his wife, Cindy DeBartolo, were riding the Harley Davidson southbound on FM 4 in Acton, Texas, when the electronic throttle malfunctioned and caused a loss of control of the motorcycle. John DeBartolo was killed and Cindy DeBartolo was seriously injured.

The lawsuit was filed in Tarrant County by Cindy DeBartolo against HarleyDavidson Motor Company, Inc., LHD Partners L.P. d/b/a Longhorn HarleyDavidson. The lawsuit includes allegations that the electronic throttle on the Harley Davidson motorcycle was unreasonably dangerous and that Longhorn Harley-Davidson failed to properly repair the malfunctioning throttle.

“Harley riders should be able to rely on the safety of the design and manufacturing process and safe practices in the repair of their motorcycles,” said attorney John David Hart of the Law Offices of John David Hart in Fort Worth, who represents Mrs. DeBartolo. “A dangerous, unsafe throttle on a brand new Harley Davidson led to a needless death. Hopefully this lawsuit will lead to safety changes which will prevent another tragedy.”

The Law Offices of John David Hart is a group of experienced and dedicated legal professionals working to protect the rights of people wronged by the acts of others. Across the country, the firm represents individuals in cases of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, dangerous drugs, automobile and truck accidents, oil and gas and commercial litigation.

For more information, please contact John Hart at 817.870.2102

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