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Local Fire Company Faces Lawsuit

19 June 2017 News

Gore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company as well as one of its volunteers, Joshua David Bryson, is facing a $1 million lawsuit filed by a West Virginia man. The lawsuit stems from a crash that happened roughly two years ago.

In the lawsuit filed on June 13, Robert Dale Davis cites negligence, gross negligenceĀ and malicious prosecution. The lawsuit also takes aim at Frederick County Fire and Rescue Association and three individuals unnamed.

Davis says in the lawsuit that on June 16, 2015, he was traveling in the right hand lane on Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50). He approached the area of the fire company where an ambulance being driven by Bryson pulled out of the garage. Two of the unnamed individuals were passengers in the ambulance. Davis goes on to claim the ambulance did not have on its lights, sirens, air horn, or exhaust whistle and that Bryson traveled directly into his lane. Bryson’s acceleration caused the ambulance to collide with Davis’ vehicle, despite his efforts to avoid the collision.

Davis claims that as a result from the accident, he suffered injuries, pain, lost income, medical expenses, and a loss in ability to perform daily living activities. He further claims, that during court proceedings, Bryson and the fire company lied about the ambulance lights being on during the accident and claims the lights were turned on after the accident.

According to the lawsuit, the state police found Davis at fault for the accident. They claimed he failed to observe the ambulance’s lights and sirens. He was acquitted of reckless driving but was charged with improper driving. That conviction was later overturned in appeals court.

The fire company has 21 days to respond to Davisā€™ lawsuit after being served a summons.

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