MARTINSBURG – Five New Jersey residents are suing an Inwood man, whom they say rear-ended them along Interstate 81.

James and Donna McClinton Toe, Alonzo and Dorothy Williams Agee, all of Trenton, and Edith Conover, of Hamilton filed lawsuits March 9 in Berkeley Circuit Court against Kevin Newman.

The plaintiffs say that about 3:45 p.m. March 25, 2007, they were all in the same car slowing to a stop on Exit 12 off I-81 north when Newman rear-ended the car, causing all of them serious and permanent injuries.

The plaintiffs blame Newman for being negligent.

The combined medical bills for the plaintiffs are at least $238,000, according to the complaints.

In addition to general damages, the Toes and the Agees are seeking damages related to loss of consortium.

D. Michael Burke is representing the plaintiffs.

Berkeley Circuit Court case numbers: 09-C-195, 09-C-196 and 09-C-200

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