Suit Filed Over 2010 Auto Death

A mangled, bloodied figure disappearing slowly from view as it was eased into a body bag.

That’s what you’d likely see if you narrowed down to one image Tyler Jensen’s memories of the last day his father was alive.

Jon Christian “Chris” Jensen, of Leola, Lancaster County, was killed last Dec. 30 when he and his son Tyler were in a Mitsubishi Lancer that was totaled by Michael Hershey, a Lancaster County car salesman who was allegedly drunk when he took the father and son on a test drive.

The body bag scene is just one of many disturbing images that were recalled in a lawsuit filed Monday in Common Pleas Court by Jensen’s attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi.

The suit, seeking damages of more than $50,000, holds a variety of people and companies responsible for the death of Jensen and the physical and psychological wounds suffered by his son.

Hershey, who was arrested by East Hempfield Township police April 25 and charged with homicide by vehicle and DUI, is named in the lawsuit.

So are Imports of Lancaster County Inc., Hershey’s former employer; John Landis, a truck driver who veered into Hershey’s lane before the crash, and Mitsubishi Motors North America.

The lawsuit charges that Hershey had alcohol and marijuana in his system when he got behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi and recklessly sped off at 100 mph.

The suit also claims that Imports of Lancaster knew – or should have known – that Hershey had a rap sheet that included arrests for speeding, careless driving and driving under the influence.

Based on Hershey’s past, the dealership shouldn’t have allowed him to take customers on test drives, the suit claims.

Hershey lost control of the Mitsubishi when he swerved to avoid a truck that was driven by Landis, who owns Landyshade Mulch Products.

The car hit an embankment, went airborne, and rolled across the ground several times. Chris Jensen was thrown from the car and killed.

His son suffered neck and shoulder injuries, and Hershey, who was also ejected, escaped with minor injuries.

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