The head coach of the women’s basketball team, Arkansas State University and the state of Arkansas are being sued by a man involved in a car crash on a rural Alabama highway, court documents stated.
According to documents filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Sidney Hooten of Ramer, Alabama is suing Brian Boyer for causing a crash in February 2014.
Police said Boyer rear-ended a vehicle driven by Henry Joe Still of Ramer. Hooten was a passenger in Still's vehicle.
Police said the crash happened on Highway 231 after Boyer had coached a basketball game. Boyer and Still were taken to a hospital by ambulance. Hooten was air-lifted to a local hospital, according to the report.
According to Hooten, Boyer was traveling at “a speed of over 90 miles per hour” and was “operating his cellular phone” when he rear-ended his vehicle.
According to the crash report, Boyer told an officer “that he wasn’t sure what happened.”
“He (Boyer) just wasn’t paying attention and came up on V2 (Chevy Cavalier) very quickly and could not avoid striking it,” the report’s narrative stated.
Police estimated Boyer to be travelling the speed limit of 65 miles per hour, according to the report.
Hooten’s lawsuit states that he suffers from severe brain damage because of the crash. The federal case was remanded to a state court and Hooten seeks compensatory and punitive damages against Boyer, the university and the state.
Arkansas State University asked to be dismissed from the Hooten lawsuit, however, a circuit judge will determine whether to accept the motion to dismiss.
Arkansas State was listed as a co-defendant in a separate lawsuit filed by Still. The university requested to be dismissed from the lawsuit and it was granted in April 2015.
Arkansas State issued this statement in relation to the Hooten case:
“The ASU Office of University Counsel is defending the case only for the university and has retained the services of Chad Bryan of Capell & Howard law firm in Montgomery, Ala., to assist in the case. The university’s insurance carrier is paying the legal fees. Coach Boyer has his own legal counsel defending the matter for his insurance company.”
A trial date in the Hooten case has not yet been set.
The court documents and police report can be read from the links below:
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