Moundsville woman seeks $1.35M in damages in car wreck suit

By Kyla Asbury | May 6, 2013

WHEELING - A Moundsville woman has made a $1.35 million settlement demand to Hunter Truck Sales & Service Inc. and one of its employees who allegedly caused her injuries.

Anthony Michael D'Angelo was also named as a defendant in the suit.

On Aug. 12, 2011, at approximately 5:25 p.m., Atrondra R. Williams was operating her 2001 Infiniti traveling northbound on W.Va. 2 South in Moundsville when D'Angelo, who was operating a 2008 GMC 3500 cargo van owned by Hunter, was traveling southbound on the same road, according to a complaint removed April 18 to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Williams claims D'Angelo negligently and improperly operated the cargo van, allowing it to travel left of the center line and striking Williams' vehicle head-on.

As a result of the defendants' negligent, illegal and/or improper actions, Williams sustained damages, including physical injuries; medical expenses; loss of income; pain and suffering; mental anguish; loss of ability to enjoy life; and becoming an increased industrial risk, according to the suit.

Williams is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Eric M. Gordon of Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor & Gordon.

The suit was first filed in Marshall Circuit Court on March 20 and was moved to District Court on April 18. In Marshall Circuit Court it was assigned to Circuit Judge David W. Hummel Jr.

Williams sustained medical bills in the amount of $135,444.52 between the date of the accident and Nov. 6, according to a letter sent to Harco National Insurance Company Claim Representative Sandy Stewart on Nov. 13.

Gordon estimated Williams' follow-up visit medical bills will range from $3,500 to $5,000, according to the court document.

"Additionally, as a result of her injuries, Atrondra had to miss a number of days of work between 08/15/11 and 03/29/12. She received a portion of her pay through her employer who has subrogation rights...Furthermore, in some instances, she was paid at a 50% rate of pay which cost her additional $11,795.86 in pay," the document states.

In light of these facts, Williams has authorized Gordon to tender a settlement demand of $1.35 million, according to the document.

The case has been assigned to District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia case number: 5:13-cv-00054

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