Man sues after falling at car wash

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 25, 2019

NEW CUMBERLAND — A couple is suing the owners and operators of a car wash, citing alleged negligence.

Lester R. Howell Sr. and Carolyn Howell filed a complaint in Hancock Circuit Court against Water World, Inc., Jeffrey D. Davis, Cynthia M. Davis and John Doe(s), owners of Chester Car Wash, alleging that they breached their duty to exercise ordinary care for the maintenance, inspection, upkeep, care, remedy, cleaning, monitoring and repair of their car wash premises.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 4, 2017, Lester R. Howell Sr. was a patron of the defendants when he was caused to violently fall by a dangerous and hazardous condition created by ice accumulation while exiting his vehicle from one of the car wash slots. 

As a direct proximate result, he claims, he was physically injured, causing his wife, Carolyn Howell, to lose the companionship and services of her husband. 

The plaintiffs hold Water World, Inc., Jeffrey D. Davis, Cynthia M. Davis and John Doe(s) responsible because they allegedly failed to properly inspect, repair and maintain the individual car wash slots and the surface of the ground adjacent to said car wash slots, and to keep the same free from dangerous conditions, including ice accumulation.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in the amount in excess of the minimal jurisdictional limits plus interest, costs and further relief as the court or jury may find. They are represented by James A. Villanova, Michael E. Metro and Conner A. Battin of Villanova Law Offices, PC in Pittsburgh.

Hancock Circuit Court Case number 18-C-106

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