Horrible Person Sues Parents After Running Over Kid

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A Connecticut man got ten years in prison for running over and killing a fourteen-year-old boy. Now he's suing the parents because the kid wasn't wearing a helmet.

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According to the NY Post, David Weaving is suing victim Matthew Kenney's parents for "contributory negligence" — he claims that by letting their son ride his bike without a helmet, they caused Weaving "great mental and emotional pain and suffering" as well as wrongful imprisonment. He's asking for over $15,000 in damages, and while he doesn't have to pay legal fees because he has no money, Kenney's parents are forced to pay theirs. Also, though Weaving wasn't charged with drunk driving in this particular case, he has five prior drunk driving arrests, and he Connecticut DMV admits it should've revoked his license before the accident even happened.

Says Matthew Kenney's mom, Joanne, "It drags the pain on. It's a constant reminder. Enough is enough. Can you just leave us alone and serve your time?" And while I'm not sure I agree with her that "inmates have too many rights," I'm pretty disturbed that after causing a kid's death, Weaving is focused on his pain and suffering — and is trying to get grieving parents to pay for it.

Driver Who Mowed Down Kid Blames The Parents, Sues [NY Post]

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DISCUSSION

Ugh, this is pretty misleading and incendiary post. The kids parents first sued the driver for negligence. It's totally common practice to mount a defense/countersuit when you're sued for negligence. He is not a "horrible person" for trying to minimize the amount of civil damages he may have to pay to the family.

And if the laws of their state say that minors must wear helmets, I'm sorry, but that IS contributory negligence per se. (If you violate a statute designed to keep you safe, and suffer the kind of harm the statute was designed to protect against, you were negligent. [en.wikipedia.org]

I'd think he was a terrible person if he just sued this family out of the blue, continuing their pain, but that's not what this is. He's entitled to defend himself against a negligence suit.