I feel sorry for the IRS worker who was killed in the indecent and feel for his family, but the pilot's wife has suffered enough. Lost her home, lost her husband....now gets sued. What a bunch of crap. http://www.statesman.com/news/local/irs-workers-widow-sues-pilots-wife-273334.html The widow of an Internal Revenue Service employee killed when Andrew Joseph Stack III flew his plane into an office building has sued Stack's wife, saying she should have warned others about her husband. According to the seven-page lawsuit filed in state District Court in Travis County, Sheryl Mann Stack had a duty to "avoid a foreseeable risk of injury to others," including 68-year-old Vernon Hunter, who was killed Thursday. "Stack was threatened enough by Joseph Stack that she took her daughter and stayed at a hotel the night before the plane crash," the suit said. Sheryl Stack has declined to comment on the incident, other than a written statement that said she was grief-stricken. Dan Ross, an attorney representing Valerie Hunter, said the Hunter family wanted to file a lawsuit early, but he declined to elaborate about why. Ross said that his client is interested to know whether any insurance proceeds might be available that the Hunter family could be awarded. "This is the proper way to determine what assets, including insurance, would be available for Mr. Hunter's wrongful death," he said. The lawsuit also seeks to prevent the Travis County medical examiner's office from making public Hunter's autopsy. Officials have said he was a victim of homicide and died of "conflagration injuries." Federal authorities have said that Stack, 53, flew his single-engine plane into a building that houses Internal Revenue Service offices Thursday morning after setting his home ablaze. Stack, who also was killed, left behind a rambling Internet message blaming the IRS for many personal and financial difficulties. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, the same day that top Austin city officials toured the inside of the Echelon I building on Research Boulevard (U.S. 183) near MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) at the invitation of the building's owner. Based on his tour, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said it appeared as though Stack's plane never fully entered the four-story structure, which burst into flames on impact. In what he described as an eerie sight, Leffingwell said employees appeared to have quickly fled for exits, leaving behind briefcases, note pads and half-filled coffee cups at a conference room table. "It is obvious they got out of there 'right now,'" he said. "You could almost visualize people in their seats," City Manager Marc Ott said. "You saw things they had been drinking, personal effects, jackets on coat stands. It was very clear whatever was going on in that particular instant, people stopped doing what they were doing." Leffingwell said the second and third floors were the most badly damaged, with mangled wires reaching out from the ceiling and water standing on the floor. Walls are charred, and offices smell of soot. Leffingwell said damage continues about 40 feet inside the building. The first floor also received substantial water damage, but the fourth floor looks mostly unscathed, he said. The future of the building remains unclear, but Leffingwell said it is badly damaged in spots, with load-bearing beams melted in some locations. "There is so much damage there from the fire. It is really amazing more people were not injured or killed," he said. According to Valerie Hunter's lawsuit, the Hunter family is entitled to damages because Joe Stack was negligent in protecting Hunter's life. The amount of damages being sought was not specified in the suit. Stack was required by law to fly his plane at an altitude 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle, according to the document. "Vernon Hunter belonged to a class of persons the (law) was designed to protect," the suit says.