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Woman sued for wreck at DMV

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The worst thing about Antoinette Bowser backing into a parked car during her driving test wasn’t that she failed. It was the $75,000 lawsuit that came two years later.
The state is suing Bowser to cover the costs of medical expenses and lost wages for the Department of Motor Vehicles employee who was in the vehicle administering the test when Bowser hit the car in March 2006.
That examiner, Geralynn P. Banks, is one of about 70 Virginia DMV employees who have filed workers’ compensation claims because of road test accidents since January 2007, said Melanie Stokes, a department spokeswoman.
The attorney general’s office did not have information on the number of lawsuits related to such accidents and would not comment on Bowser’s case.
The state claims in the lawsuit that Bowser hit the car with such force and violence that Banks suffered ‘‘great pain of body and mind.’’ Banks has declined to comment.
‘‘I know I walked away. And I know she walked away,’’ said Bowser, who described the incident as a fender-bender.
Bowser, a single mother, said she was shocked when she found out she was being sued. The state is seeking compensation for past and future lost wages and medical bills for Banks, and the attorney general’s office is asking for attorney’s costs and interest going back to 2006.
‘‘I don’t have $75,000 laying around,’’ Bowser said. ‘‘I’m just making it like everybody else.’’
Bowser’s attorney, Allan Zaleski of Norfolk, said he has yet to receive information about the nature of Banks’ medical problems and expenses that the state is claiming on her behalf.
While a driver’s insurance company usually would fight the lawsuit, Bowser was driving her boyfriend’s car that day and later learned he did not have insurance.
Bowser never got her driver’s license. She rides the bus to work.

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Woman sued for wreck at DMV

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The worst thing about Antoinette Bowser backing into a parked car during her driving test wasn’t that she failed. It was the $75,000 lawsuit that came two years later.
The state is suing Bowser to cover the costs of medical expenses and lost wages for the Department of Motor Vehicles employee who was in the vehicle administering the test when Bowser hit the car in March 2006.
That examiner, Geralynn P. Banks, is one of about 70 Virginia DMV employees who have filed workers’ compensation claims because of road test accidents since January 2007, said Melanie Stokes, a department spokeswoman.
The attorney general’s office did not have information on the number of lawsuits related to such accidents and would not comment on Bowser’s case.
The state claims in the lawsuit that Bowser hit the car with such force and violence that Banks suffered ‘‘great pain of body and mind.’’ Banks has declined to comment.
‘‘I know I walked away. And I know she walked away,’’ said Bowser, who described the incident as a fender-bender.
Bowser, a single mother, said she was shocked when she found out she was being sued. The state is seeking compensation for past and future lost wages and medical bills for Banks, and the attorney general’s office is asking for attorney’s costs and interest going back to 2006.
‘‘I don’t have $75,000 laying around,’’ Bowser said. ‘‘I’m just making it like everybody else.’’
Bowser’s attorney, Allan Zaleski of Norfolk, said he has yet to receive information about the nature of Banks’ medical problems and expenses that the state is claiming on her behalf.
While a driver’s insurance company usually would fight the lawsuit, Bowser was driving her boyfriend’s car that day and later learned he did not have insurance.
Bowser never got her driver’s license. She rides the bus to work.

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