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Husband of woman killed in Middle Tennessee tornado sues homebuilder for negligence

Scott and Angela Walker inset (Courtesy: WGNS Radio)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) -The husband of a Christiana woman who was killed when an EF-2 tornado struck their home is now suing the homebuilder.

Angie Walker, wife of WGNS Radio President Scott Walker, was tragically killed on November 5, 2018 just 10 days before her 42nd birthday.

An EF-2 tornado with up to 135 mph winds struck the home, marking the strongest tornado to hit middle Tennessee since 2015. The tornado flipped the home off it's foundation while Angela and daughter Olivia were inside, leaving it upside-down adjacent to the foundation.

Scott Walker is now suing the homebuilder Ralph Baxter Construction, LLC. which laid the foundation and built the frame of the Midland Road home in 2017. The suit claims the company failed to properly embed anchor bolts from the frame of the home to the concrete foundation. Anchor bolts, as described in the suit, "are there to ensure a home does not shift, move, or have an uplift with forces like strong winds."

The suit states Baxter Construction was negligent by opening the home for the family to live in "when the home was dangerous and unsafe."

The suit also adds Angela Walker not only had to endure "her home being flipped around her," but also the "terror, worrying where her minor daughter was in the home during the event."

Daughter Olivia suffered minor injuries but was able to escape the home only to learn while outside her mother had died. The suit is seeking compensation of over $25,000 for the wrongful death of Angela Walker, over $25,000 for the emotional distress and injuries to their daughter, and over $25,000 for the emotional distress of husband Scott Walker.

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