CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A lawsuit blames a restaurant’s bad meatloaf for the deaths of a former West Virginia state lawmaker and her husband.
Former Delegate Virginia Starcher’s family filed the lawsuit last month against New Albany, Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms in Jackson County Circuit Court.
It says Starcher and her husband, Harold, ate meatloaf meals from a Bob Evans restaurant in Ripley in October 2012.
It claims that nine hours later, the two went to a hospital for food poisoning. Harold Starcher suffered a stroke that day.
Virginia Starcher, who also had pre-existing health problems, died in December 2012.
Her husband died in May 2013 after a December open heart surgery.
Bob Evans spokeswoman Hinda Mitchell said Friday the lawsuit is without merit.
The Charleston Daily Mail first reported the lawsuit.