Man sues unknown driver in '89 hit-and-run case

July 12, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A Bel Air man is suing the hit-and-run driver of a vehicle that struck him in the parking lot of a Belcamp business in July 1989.

The plaintiff, John McKee, does not know the name or address of the driver. His suit, filed in Harford Circuit Court June 24, lists the driver as "John Doe."

Mr. McKee is asking the court to order the unknown driver to pay him $1.5 million in damages.

In the suit, BLC Properties Inc. of Belcamp and Trenton Property Services Inc. of Bel Air also are named as defendants. Mr. McKee is asking the court for $1.5 million from each company.

Bradford Wells, a Baltimore attorney representing BLC, declined to comment on the suit, saying he is preparing a court response. Representatives of Trenton Properties could not be reached.

The plaintiff, who initially filed the suit in January, refiled it to add the unidentified driver and Trenton in the list of defendants.

Mr. McKee contends in the suit that he was struck by a car July 25, 1989, in the lot of a self-storage facility owned by BLC in the 4500 block of Pulaski Highway. Trenton manages the facility, the suit says.

Mr. McKee says he rented storage space at the facility, where he stored a boat from November 1987 until the boat was sold in 1990.

Mr. McKee contends in the suit that the companies and the unknown driver were negligent.

"[The companies] failed to take due care for the safety of its patrons in that it failed to install any speed bumps, speed limit signs or stop signs," the suit says.

BLC and Trenton failed to install other safety devices, such as fences, gates, pavement markings or lighting, "except for one single bulb over the enclosed portion of the lot," McKee contends. McKee said he received a concussion, neck and back pain, cuts and bruises when he was struck by the car, the suit says. He also claims that he lost sleep because of recurring nightmares of the accident.

The plaintiff says in the suit that the injuries cost him $9,456 in medical expenses and that he lost $1,500 in wages and benefits.

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