Woman claims city councillor drove over her foot

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A woman who claims Charlottetown Coun. Mitch Tweel ran over her foot with his car is taking the politician to court.

A woman who claims Charlottetown Coun. Mitch Tweel ran over her foot with his car is taking the politician to court.

Kelly Caseley filed a statement of claim on Dec. 24, 2012, in which she sought an unspecified amount in damages after an accident involving Tweel in 2010.

The statement of claim alleged Caseley was crossing an intersection on Kent Street in Charlottetown after leaving work around 6 p.m. when she saw a vehicle driving straight towards her without slowing down.

Caseley’s claim said the walk signal was on at the time. She alleged she tried to turn and run out of the way, but before she could Tweel’s Honda Accord stopped beside her with its front passenger side tire on her left foot.

Tweel got out of the car and Caseley yelled for him to get back in so she could free her foot, the claim alleged. Caseley claimed Tweel moved his car and then drove her to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

In the statement of claim, Caseley alleged Tweel was negligent by failing to drive at an appropriate speed, he failed to maintain a proper lookout and failed to operate his car in a careful and prudent manner.

Caseley claimed she suffered serious and permanent injuries to her foot, which caused ongoing pain and discomfort. The injuries resulted in a loss of past and future income, loss of future earning capacity, future care costs, loss of past and future housekeeping capacity, loss of future earnings, pain, suffering, and a loss of enjoyment of amenities of life, the claim said.

Tweel was contacted about the claim, but said he couldn’t comment on the legal proceedings.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and Tweel has yet to file a statement of defence.

Geographic location: Kent Street, Charlottetown

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  • kyle
    January 08, 2013 - 05:30

    The lady's claim is within the Statute of Limitations. End of discussion. That being said there can be many reasons for not filing immediately. The insurance company may be taking time. There may be unfruitful negotiations. Further complications may arise from the injury that were unknown. To impugn the woman's character is wrong. There may be unfulfilled promises. To suggest that one seeking legal redress is on its face malicious is itself malicious.

  • city resident
    January 07, 2013 - 17:57

    She has been to see a lawyer as what she is claiming for are not something that the normal person would think about . I say give her $2,500 and tell her to be on her way after all these years !

  • Logical
    January 07, 2013 - 17:52

    I agree with Bill. This lady is milking this and I don't even like Mitch Tweel.

  • Aaron
    January 07, 2013 - 15:51

    Bill... Get real. You think she should be thankful and appreciative for the drive to the hospital? Let me seriously injure you then you can thank me when I take you to emergency. Moron.

  • former islander
    January 07, 2013 - 15:03

    The story does not indicate if either party contacted the Police about this accident. If there were significant injuries, both should have. Hopefully, now they are aware of this accident, with its significant consequences, will follow up with an investigation. I believe it is an offfence not to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

  • john smith
    January 07, 2013 - 11:27

    And she just realized all this 2 years later? Where has she been the last 2 years?

    • thomas Jacobs
      January 07, 2013 - 16:53

      To anyone saying 'Accidents happen'. yes, they do happen and that is why car owners have car insurance. That's the point. Accidents happen and car insurance covers the cost of these accidents. If she was driving a car and got sideswiped the guilty parties insurance would cover any costs. Instead, she got run over and is seemingly getting screwed.

    • Janet
      January 09, 2013 - 08:22

      John, have you ever been injured in an accident, more specifically, a car accident? Believe it or not it can take up to two years to fully realize the severity of the injuries, in terms of healing. As someone who was broad-sided by an individual running a red light, I am here to tell you that against advice I settled within a year, just to be done with it. 15 years later I still suffer adverse effects. Would more money make it better, not at all, but it's my shoulder so it doesn't affect my ability to walk. So I suspect this lady, for the 'last 2 years' has been trying to assess/address her medical concerns.

  • Charlottetown Resident
    January 07, 2013 - 11:27

    BILL!!!! Your comment only displays disdain towards Kelly Caseley, no legal merit whatsoever. The only comment you made, that might be true, is that it wasn't intentional, but an accident. That still doesn't excuse him from being responsible for the actions that unfolded in 2010. If you studied law to any extent, you would know this. I'm sure she had plenty of legal coucil on this matter ( it certainly shows in her Statement of Claim ) and didn't just blindly file this within the courts.

  • thomas Jacobs
    January 07, 2013 - 11:22

    Bill, I hope you get run over by a car so you can see the additional expenses that suddenly enter your life, and the loss of work that you encounter.

  • wondering
    January 07, 2013 - 11:06

    Hmmm I wonder if it was joe blow driving the car would this be going to court ??

    • Lawyer
      January 07, 2013 - 11:34

      Yes, all insurance claims technically go to court.

  • grampie
    January 07, 2013 - 10:17

    Must be an awful slow news day for this article to make the news. Or does the Guardian want to discredit this city councillor? You make it sound as if the councillor intended to run over this lady's foot. If one gets into an accident , one can expect to to be sued. That doesn't mean one is liable but it is only way for a plaintiff to get money for an injury. So Guardian, please report real news. Thanks.

  • Bill
    January 07, 2013 - 09:16

    This is an unfortunate accident, but seriously lady...get a life! This was not intentional and she even admitted that he stopped and drove her to the hospital, if Mr.Tweel were to keep driving away, she would deserve something, but this is not the case. One would think that she would show some appreciation for his compassion, rather than looking to profit from this.