Man says woman hit him with car as he crossed street

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 31, 2008

MARTINSBURG – A Berkeley County man has filed suit against a Jefferson County woman, alleging he was walking across the street when she hit him.

Jacob Bernard Sykes was walking north on the east sidewalk of S. Raleigh Street on Feb. 28, 2007, at about 9:46 a.m. and decided to cross W. South Street, according to the complaint filed Oct. 27 in Berkeley Circuit Court.

At the same time, Susan Lea Rudy was driving a 2003 Kia Optima south on S. Raleigh Street and, while in the midst of a left-hand turn, she struck Sykes, the suit states.

Sykes was injured and incurred medical expenses because of the incident, he claims.

Rudy was negligent because she failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield the right-of-way and failed to maintain control of her vehicle, according to the complaint.

Sykes is seeking a judgment of $100,000, plus prejudgment and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Paul G. Taylor of the Law Offices of Paul G. Taylor in Martinsburg will be representing him.

Berkeley Circuit Court case number: 08-C-1286

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