There is a bizarre story out of Montana this week where Randy Lee Tenley, 44, reportedly wanted to make people think he was the Sasquatch by dressing in a military “Ghillie suit” (used by snipers) like the one shown right and walked along a highway at night. The drivers apparently had trouble seeing Tenley, let alone a Sasquatch, in the camouflage and ran over Tenley twice, killing him. (The photo on left is one of the best known Sasquatch shots).
Police say that Tenley wanted to trigger some calls about seeing the Sasquatch but when he stepped into the right lane of the highway a 15-year-old girl hit him. He was then run over by a 17-year-old girl driving a car behind her.
It is a truly tragic set of facts not just for Tenley but these young drivers.
There is no viable tort claim for the family given Tenley’s negligence and the difficulty in seeing him at night. This is not a case of Big foot meets lead foot. The drivers were not cited for excessive speed or reckless driving. There is however the question of an emotional distress claim by these young girls who were no doubt traumatized by the incident and causing the death of a person. They could sue for negligent (and perhaps intentional) infliction of emotional distress. While that is highly unlikely, it would make for a viable claim as would a straight negligence action.
Source: Daily Interlake