Man claims New Orleans parking employee hit him with tow truck

Andrea Dearden Oct. 25, 2010, 3:00am

A Jefferson Parish man is suing the city of New Orleans and a Public Works employee who allegedly backed into him a tow truck.

Herbert Gibson Jr. filed suit against the city's Public Works/Parking Division and Jerone Alexander Oct. 19 in Orleans Parish District Court.

According to the complaint, Gibson was walking on Royal Street in New Orleans when a tow truck driven by Alexander backed up and hit Gibson.

Gibson contends Alexander was negligent for failing to back his vehicle properly and failing to act reasonably under the circumstances. Alexander was an employee of the New Orleans Public Works/Parking Division and was on-duty at the time of the incident, so Gibson argues the City is also liable.

Gibson says he injured his back and ankle and received cuts and abrasions over his entire body as a result of being hit by the tow truck.

He is suing for an unspecified amount of money for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, mental anguish and lost wages.

Attorneys William G. Legrand and Steven J. Rando, of New Orleans, are representing Gibson.

Orleans Parish District Court Case No. 10-10687

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