SALT LAKE CITY (April 30, 2001)—A former tire salesman is suing Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and a Salt Lake City tire dealership, blaming them for the death of his father in a September 1999 accident, according to news reports.
Steven Pantuso of Sandy, Utah, seeks unspecified damages against the tire maker and Wayne's Tire Wholesale for the death of his father, Gildo "Gil" Pantuso, who was riding with his friend Ralf "Ed" Jones when a Firestone tire on Mr. Jones' Ford Ranger suffered a tread separation. Mr. Jones lost control of the vehicle and crashed, killing himself and Mr. Pantuso.
Steven Pantuso filed suit in the 3rd Circuit Court of Utah, the Associated Press said. Bridgestone/Firestone officials couldn't be reached for comment on the case, and Cary Self, owner-manager of Wayne's Tire, said he had heard about the lawsuit only through news reports.
"I haven't been served (with court papers), and Bridgestone/Firestone hasn't been served," Mr. Self said.