St. Petersburg motorcyclist blames another driver, Geico for crash

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 11, 2018

CLEARWATER — A St. Petersburg motorcyclist is suing a car driver and owner and Geico, alleging negligence and vicarious liability.

CLEARWATER — A St. Petersburg motorcylcist is suing a car driver and owner and Geico, alleging negligence and vicarious liability.

Craig Batchelor filed a complaint June 27 in Pinellas Circuit Court against Patrick Gilroy, Patricia Ann Gilroy and Geico Casualty Company, alleging failure to exercise standard care and skill in the operation of a vehicle.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 6, 2017, Batchelor was driving his motorcycle near the intersection of 69th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in Pinellas County when he was run into by a 2005 Scion driven by Patrick Gilroy and owned by Patricia Ann Gilroy. The suit says Batchelor sustained serious injury and/or aggravation of a pre-existing condition and resulting pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, medical expenses, and lost wages, as a result of the negligence of Patrick Gilroy, an uninsured/underinsured motorist, 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to adequately maintain and operate a motor vehicle so as not to cause harm, allowed a motor vehicle for negligent operation and failed to pay the plaintiff's uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits.

Batchelor seeks trial by jury, damages of more than $15,000, and all equitable relief the court deems just. He is represented by attorney Frank DiCosola of Pinellas Park.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 18-C-4299

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