Family of impaired driving victim sues driver, cab company

Family members of a man killed by a drunk driver while in a taxi in October 2013 are suing both the drunk driver and the taxi company.

Tyler Isbister, 25, died in hospital two days after the taxi he was inside was struck head on by a BMW that drove over the median near 107th Street and 121st Avenue. In January 2014, the BMW's drunk driver, Chris Lane Lindgren of Grande Prairie, was sentenced to four years in prison for the crash.

Isbister had been engaged to be married for only a month when he died. The couple had attended an Oilers game that night.

This week, Isbister's fiancée, Katerina Masson, and parents, Rebecca and Brent Isbister, filed lawsuits against Lindgren, Yellow Cab and the taxi driver. Combined, the two lawsuits list $682,414 in damages.

Isbister's parents "have suffered mental anguish as a result of the death of their son. They have also suffered the loss of guidance, care, companionship, comfort, example and encouragement he would've provided," the claim states.

The lawsuits allege that Lindgren operated the BMW while intoxicated, at excessive speeds and with a lack of due care and attention.

They also allege the taxi driver was negligent because he was speeding, drove without due care and "failed to stop or take evasive action, or any action, when he knew or ought to have know that a collision was imminent."

Isbister's family and fiancée also alleged the taxi was improperly equipped and maintained.

At Lindgren's trial, court heard that the cabbie was seriously injured in the crash. He suffered two fractured ribs, a broken wrist and internal injuries.

Masson, who was also in the taxi, suffered numerous sprains and lacerations, depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

Statements of claim contain allegations not proven in court.