Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit by widow of slain Delaware officer

NCCo Police Lt. Joseph Sczerba (left) was killed by David Salasky in 2011. Salasky

NCCo Police Lt. Joseph Sczerba (left) was killed by David Salasky in 2011. Salasky

A Delaware judge says the widow of a New Castle County police officer can pursue claims against a company that made and sold bath salts allegedly used by his killer.

 

Kathleen Sczerba alleges that New Jersey-based Adrenalin Rush conspired with distributors and retailers to sell bath salts — synthetic drugs that are now banned — while knowing they were dangerous and concealing their risks.

Court records indicate that David Salasky ingested bath salts purchased at a local cigarette outlet before hallucinating and stabbing officer Joseph Sczerba in 2011. Salasky is serving life in prison.

Adrenalin Rush sought to dismiss the complaint, but the judge ruled last week that it sufficiently alleges a basis for conspiracy, and that it’s possible Adrenalin could be held liable for breaching an implied warranty.

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