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Woman Seeks Reversal for Ruling, David Domina Featured in the News


Dawn McGauley and her attorney, Domina Law Group’s David Domina, are asking the Nebraska Court of Appeals to reverse a Washington County District Court ruling that dismissed her wrongful death lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed over the death of McGauley’s husband, James McGauley. On June 9, 2011, he drove a dump truck along County Road P30 (CR P30) outside the Martin Marietta Materials-operated Fort Calhoun Quarry, when his right front and back tires sunk into the shoulder of the road. This caused his truck to overturn into a ditch filled with water, pinning McGauley inside the cab. He was unable to escape, and drowned.

At the time, Martin Marietta Materials employees, including McGauley, were transporting rock from the quarry in order to raise CR P30 and prevent it from becoming submerged during the 2011 flood. The company had received oral permission from Washington County three days before McGauley’s accident to perform the construction on the road.

In her original lawsuit, McGauley alleged that Washington County and Martin Marietta Materials failed to maintain the road during the flood, which led to the death of her husband. In May, “[t]he court decided the lawsuit on a preliminary issue and did not reach the merits,” Domina told the Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise.

He intends to ask the Court of Appeals to review legal and factual rulings of the original case, noting that some legal rulings were made, and others were raised, that he will ask the appellate courts to settle.

According to testimony from Cheryl Parsons, a retired Washington County highway superintendent, County roads department personnel were busy building barricades for roads in order to deal with the flooding, as well as building a new road to the Rolling Acres subdivision in order to prevent over 200 residents from being evacuated. These projects made those County workers unavailable to assist with the construction on CR P30.

Domina does not expect a ruling by the Court of Appeals for a year or so.

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