Couple alleges fuel leak after repairs performed by River City Subaru caused fireball

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 18, 2018

HUNTINGTON – A Pritchard couple alleges a Huntington auto repair shop negligently repaired their vehicle, causing a fuel leak and fireball when they started it.

Dwayne C. Edwards and Sharon L. Edwards filed a complaint in Cabell County Circuit Court against River City Subaru Inc. alleging breach of contract and negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege on Dec. 13, 2016, they contracted the defendant to replace a valve control body and torque converter, alternator and to perform recall work on their vehicle. The allege they picked up the vehicle Dec. 23, 2016, and the next day after attempting to restart the vehicle, the engine "exploded" underneath and surrounded them in a fireball. They allege the fire was because of a fuel leak.

The plaintiffs hold River City Subaru Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to repair and correct the mechanical problems of plaintiffs' vehicle according to industry standards.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant for compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages; attorney's fees and costs; interest; statutory; common law and equitable relief; and further relief as justice requires. They are represented by Jon D. Hoover of Hoover Law PLLC in Barboursville.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell.

Cabell County Circuit Court case number 18-C-289

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