Six months after 17-year-old Brandon Majewski was run down by a 42-year-old female SUV driver in a residential community north of Toronto, his 23-year-old brother was found dead from an overdose. His family believes it was “grief” that killed him. Now, the people who lost two sons in half a year have another problem: a million-dollar-plus lawsuit from the woman who was responsible for at least one of those deaths.
According to the Barrie Examiner,
Brandon, a spunky and handsome 17-year-old bike enthusiast, was out with two buddies at around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2012, when they hopped on their bicycles to go for hotdogs.
Not long after, an SUV crashed into the boys on Innisfil Beach Road, killing Brandon and badly injuring his friend Richard McLean, 16, who suffered a broken pelvis and other serious injuries. His other pal Jake Roberts, 16, received only scratches.
Now the driver of the SUV – a former Innisfil resident – Sharlene Simon, 42, a mother of three, is suing the dead boy for the emotional trauma she says the crash has caused her. She’s also suing the two other boys, as well as the dead boy’s parents, and even his brother, who has since died. She’s also suing the County of Simcoe for failing to maintain the road.
Ms. Simon’s lawsuit alleges that the children were “incompetent cyclists”. Local police believe she was speeding at the time, doing approximately 90 km/h in an 80 zone. She claims that she never saw the reflectors on the bicycles.
Additional coverage from RT notes that
Simon was being followed in a separate car by her husband, a York Regional police officer, and did not undergo a breathalyzer test, since police did not believe she was driving under the influence. Simon’s husband drove her home after the accident and no charges were filed.
Presumably “police” in this case means “the colleagues of her husband”.
Here at TTAC, we like to flatter ourselves that we can see both sides of every story — but it’s hard to generate too much sympathy for Mrs. Simon here.