MORGANTOWN – The parents of a man struck by a car after visiting a nightclub is suing the nightclub, as well as others involved.
The Estate of DaQuan Woods; and Carla Renee Holcomb and Charles E. Woods, DaQuan Woods’ parents, filed a lawsuit in Monongalia Circuit Court against Lux Nightclub, Justus Nicole Mapstone and Jayme Elaine Frey.
On July 31, 2016, DaQuan Woods was driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike after leaving Lux’s business location in Morgantown and, at the time, Mapstone was a passenger in his vehicle, along with two other passengers, according to the suit.
The plaintiffs claim without warning or consideration for the immense risks, Mapstone removed the keys from the ignition of the vehicle DaQuan Woods was driving after she became belligerent when he would not stop the vehicle.
In a reckless disregard for human life, Mapstone proceeded to exit the vehicle with the keys, leaving it immobile in the center of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, forcing DaQuan Woods to exit the vehicle to retrieve the keys, according to the suit.
The plaintiffs claim after exiting the vehicle, DaQuan Woods was then, suddenly and without warning, struck by a vehicle being driven by Frey.
Due to the force of the impact, DaQuan Woods died as a result of being struck by Frey and, prior to his death, he suffered immense emotional and mental trauma, as well as catastrophic physical pain due to his injuries, according to the suit.
The plaintiffs claim Mapstone was intoxicated after being served alcohol from Lux and that it is also suspected that Frey was also intoxicated after leaving Lux or a similar location that served alcohol.
The defendants’ actions caused DaQuan Woods serious injuries and his death, according to the suit.
The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Eric Chaffin and Patrick Booth of Chaffin Luhana.