Motorcyclist sues Mount Airy farmer

August 18, 1995

A Mount Airy farmer is being sued for $350,000 in damages stemming from an accident last spring involving a motorcyclist and one of the farmer's Black Angus cattle.

Michael G. Vlahos Jr. of Pommel Drive in Mount Airy filed a complaint this week stating that the farmer, James A. Knill, had been negligent in allowing his animal to wander into the road.

He and his wife, Susan Vlahos, have asked for a $350,000 judgment against Mr. Knill for injuries and emotional damage stemming from the accident.

In court papers, Mr. Vlahos said he was riding his motorcycle north on Route 27 near Watersville Road West about 9:30 on March 10 when a Black Angus ran into the road. Mr. Vlahos tried unsuccessfully to avoid hitting the animal, court papers said.

As a result, Mr. Vlahos was thrown from his motorcycle and injured, court papers said.

According to news reports at the time, four of the Knills' steers escaped from their barn that evening.

All four of the animals were struck that evening, and the steer Mr. Vlahos hit was killed.


* Taylorsville: Engines from Winfield, Mount Airy, New Windsor, Westminster and Libertytown of Frederick County, were dispatched to a building fire in the 2600 block of Dotsons Ridge Road at 3:44 p.m. Wednesday.

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