December 20, 2014

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Parents of boy injured by utility vehicle sue LMHA, employee

LORAIN — The parents of a 6-year-old Lorain boy are suing the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority and an employee after the employee allegedly hit him with a utility vehicle.

Roylewis Anderson Hisle, 6, was a pedestrian at 2320 Westview Court when he was struck by a John Deere Gator utility vehicle driven by Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority employee Danny Duvall, according to the lawsuit filed Friday at Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Hisle’s parents, Christine Robertson and Raymond Hisle, by attorney Mike Duff, contends that Roylewis “suffered injuries to his face, arm, buttocks, post-traumatic stress disorder, abrasions, back and other bodily injuries all or part of which may be permanent.”

The lawsuit alleges that Roylewis’injuries were caused by reckless driving by Duvall because he failed to maintain control of the vehicle and to adequately check blind spots behind the vehicle. Roylewis required medical treatment as a result, according to the lawsuit.

Homer Virden, executive director of the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority, did not comment on the lawsuit, referring questions to the agency’s attorney, but he confirmed that Duvall is still an employee.

Dennis O’Toole, the agency’s attorney, said he had not received a copy of the lawsuit, but he was aware of the incident, which occurred Nov. 18, 2011.

“We have had no information about this matter since then,” he said.

O’Toole added that there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing such a lawsuit, which he said likely was the reasoning behind the lawsuit, filed three days before that deadline.

According to the lawsuit, Roberston and Hisle are asking the court to award compensatory damages exceeding $25,000, plus interest and other costs.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.