Sunday, April 27, 2014
While driving her SUV too fast on a two-lane country road around 1:30 am on October 28, 2012 Sharlene Simon slammed into and killed 17-year-old Brandon Majewski. He and two of his friends were riding their bicycles to a store to get some hotdogs when she plowed into them from behind. Both of his friends survived. Richard McLean, 16, sustained a broken pelvis while Jake Roberts, 16, suffered only a few scratches.
She admitted to driving 90 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.
Brandon’s parents sued Simon and her husband who owns the car for the wrongful death of their son. Simon filed a counterclaim against Brandon’s estate and the other two boys for $1.38 million for causing her severe emotional distress because they were “incompetent bicyclists.”
CTV News reports:
According to her lawyer, Michael Ellis, Simon has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and is no longer able to work. The statement of claim says that she suffers from headaches, depression, irritability, anxiety and severe emotional discomfort and trauma.
“She relives the terror of this incident every day. Ms. Simon has been unable to return to work since the collision. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. She is also a victim,” Ellis said in a statement.
The Toronto Sun reported Brandon’s mother’s response:
“I’m devastated, I’m in shock,” said Brandon’s mother, Venetta Mlynczyk, a dental assistant who is drowning in sorrow. “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.”
Brandon’s older brother committed suicide after Brandon was killed.
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