Suit says woman on cell phone caused son's traffic death

By Justin Anderson | Jul 14, 2009

HUNTINGTON – A lawsuit blames a woman who was talking on her cell phone while driving for running over and killing a Huntington man.

Dorcas and Phillip Griggs filed a lawsuit June 10 in Cabell Circuit Court against Julie Rutledge, Bruce Rutledge and 11 John Does.

The plaintiffs, parents of the late Michael Nicholas Porter-Griggs, say Rutledge caused a fatal Sept. 1, 2007 accident because she was driving recklessly and talking on her cell phone.

The lawsuit says Julie Rutledge, of Ona, was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix that belonged to Bruce Rutledge east on Interstate 64 near Huntington. For an unexplained reason, Porter-Griggs was lying in the roadway and Julie Rutledge ran him over.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages on counts of pain and suffering, wrongful death and loss of consortium.

Robert M. Losey is representing the plaintiffs. The case is before Cabell Circuit Judge F. Jane Hustead.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 09-C-500

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