Guardian of minor charged in motor vehicle death

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 3, 2019

CLEARWATER — An estate representative is suing a parent and natural guardian, alleging wrongful death in a vehicle crash.

Douglas Stalley, as personal representative of the estate of Alijah Armstead, a minor, deceased, filed a complaint Dec. 17 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against Rufus Brown, as parent and natural guardian of Myles Abbott, a minor, alleging Brown allowed Abbott, a minor, to operate a motor vehicle.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 19, 2017, Armstead was a passenger in a motor vehicle driven by Abbott that collided with a large tree along 11th Avenue South in St, Petersburg. The suit says Armstead suffered significant bodily injuries, which resulted in his death Jan 1. 2018. 

The plaintiff alleges Brown, as parent and natural guardian of Abbott, is responsible because Abbott negligently maintained and operated the motor vehicle so that it collided with a tree.

Stalley seeks trial by jury, damages of more than $15,000, exclusive of interest, court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by attonrey William H. Winters of Winters & Yonker in Tampa.

Pinellas County Circuit Court case number 18-8214-CI

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