Woman files $100,000 suit truck was towed by mistake

June 26, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

An Ellicott City woman whose pickup truck was mistakenly towed during the repossession of another vehicle is suing General Motors Acceptance Corp. for $100,000 to pay for her losses and humiliation, according to a lawsuit she filed.

Suzanne Ferrone of the 8600 block of Town and Country Blvd. alleges she had to cancel her plans for Memorial Day weekend and suffered humiliation in knowing her boss and co-workers thought she couldn't keep up with her vehicle payments.

She also had to cancel her bank accounts because her purse was in the 1987 Nissan truck when it was towed from a Catonsville parking lot outside Home Depot USA Inc., where she works, the suit alleges.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Baltimore County Circuit Court, Ms. Ferrone noticed her truck was missing about 3 p.m. May 28. After she and security officers unsuccessfully searched the lot, they notified county police the truck had been stolen.

But a fellow employee later told a guard that the pickup was towed about 11:45 a.m., the lawsuit said.

Ms. Ferrone said she got a phone call from a GMAC employee on June 1, who said he was very sorry, that a mistake had been made and the wrong vehicle had been taken. Ms. Ferrone said she took the following day off work to retrieve her truck and lost a day's pay.

When asked about the lawsuit, a GMAC official declined to comment. He also refused to give his name and abruptly hung up.

Ms. Ferrone's attorney, David M. Silbiger, described the mistaken repossession as "surprising and inexcusable."

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