Woman Sues Sheriff's Department Over Car Accident

November 18, 1990|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

A Fallston woman is suing the county Sheriff's Department and one of its lieutenants for $1 million for injuries she received in a car accident three years ago, court records show.

Catherine M. Clark filed suit against the department and Lt. Steven Hess on Tuesday in county Circuit Court, claiming that they acted negligently and recklessly, causing the Nov. 17, 1987, automobile accident.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Mountain and Harford roads.

Clark claims in the suit she suffers "great physical and mental pain, shock and agony" from the accident.

She is seeking $500,000 from both Hess and the sheriff's department.

Hess is one of the top administrators at the department.

The suit was filed by Donald C. Fry, a Bel Air attorney elected on Nov.

11 to represent the county's District 35A in the state House of Delegates.

In the suit, Clark said she had to undergo extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation that cost "large sums of money."

The suit does not specify how much Clark's medical bills totaled.

Clark suffered injuries to her back, legs and buttocks as well as shock to her nerves and nervous system, the suit says.

According to the suit, Clark was traveling on Mountain Road toward the intersection with Harford Road when the accident occurred.

A traffic signal gave Clark a green light to proceed through the intersection, when her vehicle was struck by an unmarked police car driven by Hess, the suit says.

Hess, who was traveling on Harford Road, was on duty at the time of the accident, the suit says.

Hess caused the accident by failing to follow numerous safe-driving measures, such as maintaining control of his vehicle and yielding the right-of-way to Clark, the suit claims.

The suit does not say whether Hess was responding to a call for service when he collided with Clark's vehicle.

Clark claims in the suit that the sheriff's department also should be held responsible for the accident, because Hess was representing the department at the time of the collision.

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