Matt Campbell June 11, 2012
Ohio car crash victim who had her vehicle towed, impounded and sold while in hospital is now suing council for half a trillion dollars.
A US woman has attempted to sue a city council for $500 billion in damages after her car was towed and disposed of without her knowledge.
According to automotive website thenewspaper.com, Michelle R Mathis wrote a handwritten note demanding the lofty amount in damages after her crashed car was disposed of by the Columbus city council while she was in hospital.
Mathis was being treated for injuries following a car accident on January 12, while her car, a 2002 model Saturn SC2 coupe, was towed and impounded.
According to Mathis’s claim, she never received notification of the status of her car. Mathis is then said to have attempted to retrieve her car from the impound lot on February 7, only to find it was no longer there.
Mathis’s claim included that the city “sold her car” and that it “holds a grudge against her”, according to the thenewspaper.com.
Judge Elizabeth A Preston Deavers ruled the city of Columbus had no duty to return the crashed car to its owner, that it had followed all protocols, and that her recommendation was for the case to be dismissed.
“The mere fact that plaintiff had poor experiences with the towing of a vehicle she previously owned is not enough for the court to reasonably conclude that the city of Columbus has adopted an implicit custom or policy that encourages its employees to violate plaintiff's federal rights,” Deavers writes.
“Accordingly, plaintiff fails to satisfy the requisite pleading standards for municipal liability.”