In what could become a common occurrence with the proliferation of scooters in the resort and their inevitable interactions with motor vehicles, a Salisbury man has filed suit seeking $500,000 from a Massachusetts woman, alleging she was negligent when she struck him with her car while he was riding a scooter on Coastal Highway last September.
The case was originally filed in Worcester County Circuit Court in February, but last week was transferred to U.S. District Court. The amended complaint filed by the plaintiff, Jeffrey Jester of Wicomico County, alleges the driver, Joann Allen of Massachusetts, was negligent when the vehicle she was driving made an abrupt left turn and collided with the scooter operator, launching him into the air and causing serious injuries.
According to the complaint, last Sept. 5, Jester was “carefully, prudently and legally” traveling on a scooter in the northbound bus lane on Coastal Highway and was approaching 41st Street when he was violently struck from the left side by a Honda driven by Allen, who was traveling in the far right lane for vehicles. Allen made an abrupt right turn and struck Jester from the left side as he was entering the intersection.