Widow sues man charged in Lexington officer's death

jkegley@herald-leader.comMay 21, 2010 

Glenn Doneghy

The widow of a Lexington police officer killed in a hit-and-run has filed a lawsuit against her husband's accused killer.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Fayette Circuit Court, says that as a result of Bryan Durman's death his wife, Brandy, "has lost the love, affection, companionship and consortium" of her husband.

The lawsuit also says their 4-year-old son, Brayden, "has lost the love, affection and companionship" of his father.

Bryan Durman, 27, was struck in a hit-and-run while investigating a noise complaint on North Limestone about 10 p.m. on April 29. He later died.

Police have charged Glenn Rahan Doneghy with murder. Doneghy, 33, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Brandy Durman, who is being represented by Lexington attorneys Joe C. Savage and Escum L. Moore III, is seeking an undetermined amount of money. The suit seeks punitive and compensatory damages, as well as a civil trial separate from Doneghy's criminal proceedings, Savage said.

While the lawsuit mentions Bryan Durman's death, it is not currently a wrongful death lawsuit, Savage said.

Currently, "it's an injury case ... for the injuries done to the wife and the son," Savage said.

Savage said that wrongful death claims will be added to the lawsuit once Brandy Durman is named administratrix of Bryan Durman's estate.

Savage said Brandy and Brayden Durman are both still struggling with the loss of their husband and father.

"She lived day-to-day knowing that ... officers are to some extent in harm's way, but you never think this kind of thing is going to happen," he said. "It's devastating to her and her son."

Attorney Kate Dunn, who is representing Doneghy in his murder case, said she will not be representing him in the civil suit. Dunn said she did not know whether Doneghy had an attorney.

Doneghy has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit unless a written defense is prepared, the suit says. He is being held at the Fayette County jail.

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