Couple blames electronics business for vehicle crash

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 12, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County couple is suing an electronics corporation and an employee, alleging negligence caused a crash that injured the husband.

Vladimir Wirgha and Michelle Wirgha filed a complaint May 22 in Pinellas Circuit Court against Philips Electronics North America Corporation and Catherine Mauceri, alleging Philips negligently entrusted its vehicle to Mauceri.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 25, 2015, Vladimir Wirgha was injured when his vehicle was struck from the rear by the 2014 Ford Focus driven by Mauceri on Keene Road near Virginia Street in Dunedin. Wirgha, who had been stopped waiting for the light to change, says he sustained serious bodily injuries, resulting pain and suffering, disability, physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of earnings and medical expenses. 

The plaintiffs allege Mauceri carelessly operated the Ford Focus owned by Philips by failing to stop to avoid a collision.

The Wirghas seek trial by jury, judgment against the defendants, jointly and severally, for more than $15,000, and reimbursement of the taxable costs of these proceedings. They are represented by attorneys Todd R. Stern, Fran Haasch and David Fuller, of Todd R. Stern PA in Sarasota.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 18-CA-3342

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