Widow of DPW Shooting Victim Sues City

Claims city failed to implement recommended security improvements

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    The widow of a Washington D.C. sanitation worker who was fatally shot last year at a Department of Public Works facility has sued the city, alleging negligence.

    Shadone Taylor-Hutchins filed her suit in D.C. Superior Court Friday, according to The Washington Post. Taylor-Hutchins claims that the city failed to implement security measures that had been recommended months before her husband was killed in Oct. 2010.

    Larry Hutchins, 51, of Suitland, was killed while preparing for his route in the trash truck lot of a Department of Public Works site at 1241 W Street NW in the early morning hours of last Oct. 13.

    His widow's suit alleges that the site lacked functioning security cameras and had not stationed a 24-hour guard at the site entrance. Nor, the suite alleges, had the city improved lighting, repaired fencing, or trimmed trees on the site's perimeter.

    According to the Post, the filing includes a copy of a security review of the W Street facility, which was done in March and April of 2010.

    Hutchins' murder remains unsolved.