Jury awards man $650k in lawsuit against towing company

By Kyla Asbury | Oct 17, 2017

MORGANTOWN – A jury awarded a Monongalia County man $650,000 in a lawsuit against a towing company.

The jury found in favor of Daniel Sloan in his case against Victor Solomon and Vic’s Garage last week.

Sloan sued Solomon and Vic’s Garage after he was struck by his car while it was being towed.

Vic’s Garage frequently towed cars from the South High Street Station parking lot. On Oct. 11, 2016, the defendants were towing Sloan’s vehicle and Sloan was attempting to stall the tow company when he was struck by his vehicle.

Sloan filed a lawsuit Nov. 23 in Monongalia Circuit Court, alleging the defendants consciously disregarded his rights and assaulted and battered him.

The plaintiff claimed the defendants illegally began to tow his car and demanded payment for towing the vehicle.

Sloan claimed that, in an attempt to leave before the Morgantown police arrived, the defendants struck him with his vehicle that was hooked to the defendants' tow truck.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants refused to return his vehicle, wrongfully exercised dominion over his personal property and threatened to hit him with his own vehicle.

Sloan was represented by Ryan J. Umina of Cranston & Edwards.

Monongalia Circuit Court Case number: 16-C-593

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