Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pain and suffering...

I just read about a very fucked up court case in the works.  According to the Toronto Sun, 42 year old Sharlene Simon, mother of three and SUV driver, is suing 17 year old Brandon Majewski, Brandon's family, and his friends.  Why?  Because Simon is suffering "psychological distress" after having killed Brandon and injuring his two friends while they were riding their bikes.

At around 1:30am on October 28, 2012, Brandon and his friends mounted their bikes to go get some hot dogs. It was dark and drizzly outside and in the wee hours of the morning.  Ms. Simon came upon them in her SUV and struck them from behind.  Majewski was killed, while his 16 year old friend Richard McLean suffered a broken pelvis and other bones.  Other friend, 16 year old Jake Roberts, only sustained some scratches.

Besides suing Brandon, his parents, and his friends and their families for improper biking, Simon is suing the County of Simcoe for "failing to maintain the road".  Simon is claiming psychological suffering, including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and irritability and she's demanding $1.35 million.  Brandon's parents and stepparents are absolutely devastated.  Worse yet, Majewski's older brother, Devon, died six months after the funeral having overdosed on pills.

Sharlene Simon was speeding, though no Breathalyzer test was done at the scene of the accident.  Her car was damaged in the accident, though she at least has the good fortune of still being alive.  Simon is also being sued for funeral and medical costs.  It could be that countersuits are common in situations like this one… though it does seem really crazy that she would claim damages when someone was killed.

Granted, my information about this case is coming from a news article and there may be much more to the story than what I've read.  It still seems shockingly wrong that someone would be so callous to sue the bereaved parents of a child… especially when the litigant is the cause of the boy's death.  But then, perhaps more facts will come out that explain this lawsuit in better detail.  Hopefully, justice will prevail.

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