PRINCETON – A Mercer County couple who are the parents of a 13-year-old girl are suing another motorist for damages allegedly stemming from a multi-vehicle car wreck.
Stefanie Compton, individually and as mother and next friend
of Ashlee Compton, and Keith Compton filed a lawsuit May 12 in Mercer Circuit
Court against John William Howell Sr., alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, on Oct. 11 Howell's Ford
Explorer rear-ended two other stopped vehicles that in turn struck the Comptons'
car as they were attempting to turn from Route 20 on to Durrs Pond Road. As a result
of the crash, the suit claims Ashlee Compton sustained a concussion and soft-tissue
injury to her neck, whereas Stefanie Compton suffered debilitating spinal injuries. Keith
Compton, a Princeton police captain, suffered spinal compression injuries
requiring surgery, the suit alleges. The claim estimates combined medical costs for the family
are approximately $77,500.
The plaintiffs seek a jury trial and compensatory damages
for ongoing medical expenses and lost wages. They are represented by attorney William
Flanigan of Sanders, Austin & Flanigan of Princeton.
Mercer Circuit Court Case number 16-C-155-D3