Man sues church over car accident

by Kyla Asbury |
Jan. 23, 2013, 9:57am

WAYNE – A man is suing Pentecostal Truth Ministries Church of Huntington after he claims he was injured in a car accident caused by an agent of the church.

Janet Mounts, an agent of Pentecostal Truth Ministries Church, was also named as a defendant in the suit.

On May 24, Carl Grube was lawfully operating his motorcycle in Wayne County, according to a complaint filed Jan. 3 in Wayne Circuit Court.

Grube claims he was east on Auburn Road in the right lane when Mounts, who was driving a silver Honda SUV owned by Pentecostal Truth Ministries, negligently, recklessly and without warning, changed lanes from the left lane into the right lane.

As Mounts’ vehicle moved into the right lane, it contacted Grube and forced him farther to the right side of the road and caused him to be sandwiched between Mounts’ vehicle and a parked Ford SUV, according to the suit.

Grube claims as he continued moving forward on his motorcycle and became sandwiched between the two vehicles, his foot struck the running board of the parked SUV, causing multiple bones in his right foot to break and his toes to be dislocated.

The accident also caused Grube’s right shoulder to become dislocated and tear, according to the suit.

Grube claims Mounts’ carelessness, recklessness, negligence and unlawful acts caused him to suffer serious and permanent bodily injuries and sustain physical and mental pain and suffering.

Pentecostal Truth Ministries is vicariously liable for Mounts’ actions because she was an agent and/or employee of the Ministry and was operating a Ministry-owned and/or insured vehicle at the time of the accident, according to the suit.

Grube is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Steven K. Nord and Michael R. Dockery.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge James H. Young Jr.

Wayne Circuit Court case number: 13-C-001

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