Lawsuit filed against sheriff, deputy and Bladen County in 2015 crash

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County Sheriff’s deputy who crashed while responding to a call in 2015 is now being sued, along with Sheriff Jim McVicker.

The crash happened in June of 2015 at the intersection of the Hwy 211 bypass and HWY 131/410.  According to a news release at the time, Sheriff McVicker said Deputy Robert Duggan collided with another vehicle while he was headed to a call. Duggan was treated and released at Bladen County Hospital.

The lawsuit was filed in Cumberland County last month by the Anglin Law Firm.

The lawsuit claims Duggan was not using his vehicle’s police lights or sirens when he hit the plaintiff, Lorenzo White. The suit claims Duggan was negligent by going over the posted speed limit, failed to keep a proper lookout to avoid a collision, disregarded a traffic signal by going through a red light at an excessive rate of speed, among others.

The suit claims White suffered personal injuries and should recover damages for expenses for care and treatment of his injuries, including all hospital and physician fees, pain and suffering, past an future medical expenses, lost wages, and damage to his vehicle.

The suit also names Bladen County and Western Surety Company, an insurance company.

The suit asks for more than $50,000 in damages and a trial by jury.

We reached out to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, who referred us to the county attorney.

We spoke with the county attorney at the Johnson Law Firm who asked us to email him. We have not received a reply.


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