Bel Air man to challenge court ruling

December 13, 1992|By Staff report

A Bel Air man ordered to pay $198,626 in damages last month for allegedly causing an explosion at an Aberdeen auto repair garage will have a chance to contest the ruling in court.

Harford Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill, who had ruled Theodore Nicolaides was responsible for the damage, set aside that finding Wednesday.

The judge's move came after the defendant notified the court that he had been out of the country caring for a sick father during the trial and had never received any documents on the case. Mr. Nicolaides said he learned of the judgment against him by reading about it in the newspaper.

At the Nov. 6 trial, Jerome Bloom, attorney for the Travelers Insurance Cos., won the settlement, claiming Mr. Nicolaides had been working on a car when his screwdriver set off a spark that caused an explosion andfire.

Without any rebuttal from Mr. Nicolaides, Judge Whitfill ruled for the plaintiff, in effect reimbursing Travelers for claims filed by its insured, J&K Inc. and B&J Trailer Estates, owners of the business.

Mr. Bloom said last month that the incident happened on June 16, 1989, when Mr. Nicolaides, an employee of the repair shop in the 2100 block of Pulaski Highway, apparently was working on his own car on his own time. No one was injured.

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