A motorist in Canada who struck and killed a 17-year-old cyclist is suing the boy’s parents, saying her life has been ruined by the experience.
Sharlene Simon, 42, wants the parents of Brandon Majewski to pay her more than $1 million for the emotional trauma she has endured after the Oct. 28, 2012, crash that killed the teen and injured two of his friends, one of them seriously.
Simon, who hit the bike riders from behind with her SUV, is also suing the other two other boys she hit early that morning, and their parents, saying the boys should have been wearing reflective vests while riding in the dark.
The attorney for the victims told the Toronto Sun the lawsuit is a shocking turn of events.
“In all of my years as a lawyer, I have never seen anyone ever sue a child that they killed,” lawyer Brian Cameron said.
The mother of the dead boy, a dental assistant, said, “She killed my child and now she wants to profit from it? She says she’s in pain? Tell her to look inside my head and she will see pain, she will see panic, she will see nightmares. … for this woman to be so selfish, to claim she is the one suffering but we are the ones living the nightmare … her children are still living.”
Simon is claiming $1.35 million in damages due to psychological suffering, including depression, anxiety, irritability and post-traumatic stress.
The lawsuit calls the boys “incompetent bicyclists.”
Simon and her attorney refused comment.
Simon told police she was speeding before hitting the boys.
Her husband, a police officer, was following her home in a separate vehicle when the accident occurred, and provided eyewitness testimony to what happened.
Simon did not have to submit to a drug or alcohol test.