Woman hit by golf cart files $3 million lawsuit

July 16, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

A Davidsonville woman who claims she was permanently injured after being struck by a neighbor's golf cart, filed a $3 million lawsuit claiming negligence yesterday in Circuit Court.

Alice E. Silbaugh, of the 800 block of Kings Retreat Drive, said she was standing with her husband, W. Lawrence Silbaugh, in the driveway of their home about 8:45 p.m. on July 17, 1989. George E. Dunn, who lives across the street from the Silbaughs, drove up in a golf cart and stopped to let a passenger off, the lawsuit said.

Mrs. Silbaugh claims the cart suddenly accelerated and struck her, trapping her underneath. The cart continued forward, dragging Mrs. Silbaugh, until it rolled over and down an embankment beside the driveway. The cart rolled over Mrs. Silbaugh several times before coming to a stop, the suit said.

The suit alleges the accident was caused by Mr. Dunn's failure to pay attention to his driving and to operate the cart in a careful manner.

Mrs. Silbaugh sustained five broken ribs on her right side and two on her left side, a bruised lung, a broken right arm, a broken left ankle, a fractured vertebrae and numerous other cuts and bruises. Her bill from medical expenses came to $41,000, the suit said.

The suit, named both Mr. Dunn and his wife, Chris Dunn, as defendants, asking for $3 million in compensatory damages. It also asked for $500,000 in damages for Mr. Silbaugh as compensation for the loss of a sexual relationship with his wife.

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