Parents sue driver, employers for damages in daughter’s life-threatening injuries

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 10, 2015


WHEELING—An Ohio County couple filed suit on behalf of their daughter against two Pennsylvania firms doing business in West Virginia along with their employee, claiming vehicular negligence in a 2015 automobile accident.

Prudence A. Collins and Donald E. Collins filed a complaint as co-guardians and co-conservators of Donna Collins against Capstone Energy Services LLC of Allenport, Pennsylvania, Advanced Builders Inc. of Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, and Brandon Anthony Martell of Frenchville, Pennsylvania, in Ohio Circuit Court on June 22, asserting several counts of negligence regarding the April 2015 collision.

According to the filing, Martell, in his capacity as a Capstone and/or Advanced Builders employee, was driving a 2014 Dodge RAM heavy-duty commercial grade truck westbound on state Route 50 in Clarksburg on April 1, 2015, when he supposedly ran a red light and violently collided with Donna Collins’ vehicle.

The suit states that the impact of the crash crushed Collins’ vehicle, rendered her unconscious and unresponsive, and left her entrapped in the wreckage. According to the filing, Donna suffered brain trauma, broken bones requiring multiple surgeries and respiratory failure necessitating ventilator support.

Citing negligence, vicarious liability and joint liability, the plaintiffs allege that their daughter suffered and will continue to suffer physical and emotional pain and suffering, distress, annoyance, inconvenience, medical and life care expenses, disfigurement, loss of functionality and enjoyment of life.

The Collinses seek compensatory damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees and costs.

The parents are represented by Dino Colombo and Travis Mohler of Colombo Law in Morgantown.

Ohio Circuit Court case number 15-C-189-MJG

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