Woman sued a second time over alleged DUI accidents

By Cara Bailey | Aug 31, 2007

CHARLESTON - A Kanawha County man filed a suit against a local woman, claiming she was intoxicated when she hit him with her truck while leaving a bar.

Stephen Skiles, of Charleston, filed a suit Aug. 23 in Kanawha Circuit Court, against Dina Strickland, the second such suit in less than four months to be filed against Strickland.

Rebecca Bostic, of Virginia, filed a suit May 22 against Strickland, claiming she was also injured when Strickland hit her while driving intoxicated.

Skiles claims that on Sept. 22, 2005, Strickland got in her 2003 F150 truck after she had been drinking alcohol at George's Lounge. When she attempted to drive the truck, she hit Skiles, injuring him, the suit says. According to Bostic's suit, Strickland also hit Bostic around the same time.

"At the time of the collision ... Strickland's blood alcohol content was well above the level that constitutes prima facie evidence of drunk driving in West Virginia," the suit says.

Skiles claims he suffered medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress.

According to the suit, DBCT Inc., doing business as George's Lounge, is responsible for damages by serving Strickland alcoholic drinks to the point she was intoxicated and lost control of her vehicle.

In the four-count suit, Skiles seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

The two suits were filed independent of each other by different attorneys. Mark L. French is representing Skiles.

The case has been assigned to Judge Charles King.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-1791

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