State Police sued over 2004 Monongalia County wreck

By Cara Bailey | Apr 30, 2007

MORGANTOWN - The West Virginia State Police Department is being sued for a collision a State Trooper caused with two Pennsylvania men.

Lorrenzo J. Thomas and Fred R. Johnson Jr. filed a suit against the State Police in Monongalia Circuit Court on April 12. They claim Joshua Tomblyn, who was on duty at the time, failed to yield the right-of-way and hit Thomas and Johnson.

According to this suit, on Oct. 28, 2004, Tomblyn was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango, owned by the state police, when he caused a severe collision with the men.

Thomas and Johnson both claim each sustained severe and debilitating physical injuries. The suit says West Virginia State Police were vicariously liable, and that the department carries insurance for the claims.

According to the lawsuit, the superintendent of the State Police received the claim letter on Oct. 6, 2006, and there has been no response, and more than 30 days have elapsed.

Therefore, Thomas and Johnson seek judgment against the West Virginia State Police for an amount that will fully compensate them.

J. Michael Benninger is the plaintiffs' attorney.

Monongalia Circuit Court case number 07-C-257

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