Kyle Barnett Sep. 4, 2015, 7:27am


GRETNA – A motorist is suing a tow truck company alleging he was injured after falling out of his truck after a tow truck driver failed to lower the vehicle.

Oliver Jack Reynolds III filed suit against Mid-City Towing LLC, Mid City Automotive LLC, Mid_City Holdings LLC, Christopher Fraino and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 9.

Reynolds contends that on July 9, 2014 he was entering his 2006 GMC 3500 pickup parked near the corner of 16th St. and Arnold in Metairie when a tow truck driver employed by Mid-City approached the vehicle and demanded a cash payment. The plaintiff asserts he refused to provide a payment to the defendant’s employee and instead got into the vehicle at which time the tow truck driver attached it to his truck and elevated it still demanding a cash payment to let it go.

Reynolds claims that because his vehicle was elevated there was no safe way from him to exit it and when he tried to do so he slipped and fell to the concrete below injuring his head, neck, back and shoulder. Despite his alleged injuries the plaintiff alleges the defendant’s employee continued to demand a cash payment for letting the vehicle go.

The defendant is accused of allowing an individual to operate a tow truck who could not properly operate it, allowing an individual to operate a tow truck who failed to exercise due care, failing to provide adequate supervision and failing to provide proper training.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, mental pain, loss of enjoyment of life and medical expenses.

Reynolds is represented by Kernan A. Hand Jr. of New Orleans-based Kean Miller.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Raymond S. Steib Jr.

Case no. 751-438.

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