Couple files lawsuit vs. wrong-way driver
A February 2010 accident on Interstate 85 involving a vehicle headed in the wrong direction has led to a lawsuit filed in Cherokee County Court of Common Pleas.
On Feb. 9, 2010, a then 61-year-old Lancaster man somehow got onto the interstate headed south in the northbound lanes and struck a northbound vehicle driven by a then 36-year-old Spartanburg woman, according to a previously published report.
The 9:50 p.m. accident at the 88 Mile Marker blocked the northbound lanes for several hours. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported at the time that the Lancaster man, identified as Ernest Robinson, was suffering from a medical condition when he drove the wrong way, although it was unclear where he entered the interstate and for how long he had been driving in the wrong direction.
In a lawsuit filed Jan. 28, Lisa Ann Gerould, the woman whose vehicle was struck, is seeking unspecified damages in a jury trial for alleged permanent physical impairments, physical and mental pain and for the loss of enjoyment she suffered as a result of the accident.
The lawsuit, which was filed by attorney John B. White Jr. of Spartanburg on Gerould’s behalf, does not go into specific detail as to what injuries she suffered.
In a second count of the lawsuit, Gerould’s husband, Robert Heines, is also seeking unspecified damages claiming the accident deprived him of the society, companionship, consortium and services of his wife.
The lawsuit claims Robinson was negligent in the operation of his vehicle.