WAYNE – A man is suing American Electric Power Company after he claims one of its drivers caused a car accident that caused him injuries.

On April 29, 2016, Mickey Hodge was traveling southbound on W.Va. 152 in Lavalette when John Doe, an unidentified employee/driver, was operating a truck owned by American Electric Power, was traveling behind him, according to a complaint filed in Wayne Circuit Court.

Hodge claims Doe failed to maintain control of the AEP vehicle and violently struck the rear of the vehicle that the plaintiff was operating.

Lt. T. Williamson of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office indicated that the Doe was at fault for the collision due to his failure to stop and striking Hodge’s vehicle, according to the suit.

Hodge claims Doe’s negligent and reckless conduct, as well as AEP’s negligent entrustment of its vehicle to Doe, Hodge received injuries to his body and mind; sustained physical and mental pain and suffering; suffered from diminished capacity to enjoy life; lost household services’ incurred expenses for medical treatment and hospital care; permanent impairment; and suffered annoyance and inconvenience. 

The plaintiff’s injuries, damages and expenses are permanent and continuing in nature, according to the suit.

Hodge is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Kenneth P. Hicks and D. Geoffrey Varney of Kenneth P. Hicks LC.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge James H. Young.

Wayne Circuit Court case number: 17-C-101

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