After a car accident in December involving Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, a passenger in the player’s vehicle is suing for $1 million.
On December 3rd in Portland, Oregon, Suh was driving his 1970 Chevrolet coupe with passenger Saadia Van Winkle when the two became involved in a one-vehicle car wreck. The passenger claimed Suh was driving erratically when he struck a light pole, a drinking fountain, and a tree. The player was currently serving a two-game suspension with the Detroit Lions at the time of the accident.
Suh reportedly called 9-1-1 after the wreck and explained to authorities no one in the car had been injured, and medical personnel was not needed at the scene. Now, passenger, Van Winkle claims the incident a little differently. According to her lawsuit on Thursday, she is suing the famous sports star for negligent and reckless driving along with an intentional cause of emotional distress.
The passenger reports she was injured due to the car accident and needed to seek medical attention directly following the incident. She received a laceration on her head, above the eye, requiring stitches and suffers from continuous back and neck injuries.
The lawsuit was presented to an Oregon court for a staggering $1 million dollars.
The plaintiff is represented by Sarah Nelson who claims they are taking this charge very seriously, and it has nothing to do with the fact Suh is a professional athlete. Van Winkle believes she deserves compensation in order to pay for her medical bills after Suh was unconcerned of her health after the accident. Nelson believes the suit is in good faith, and not meant to exploit Suh.
Another female passenger at the time of the accident is a witness for the plaintiff in the case; she was supposedly dating Suh at the time of the incident.
Van Winkle also claimed Suh showed up to her house, uninvited, the day following the accident to drop off a card and offer the victim $700 to keep quiet about the night before. Van Winkle still has the card and money as evidence in the case to prove the player tried to silence her by monetary means.
When Van Winkle contacted Suh to tell him she was injured and he needed to change the police report, he neglected to do so. The plaintiff then took action and performed an interview on a local Portland TV station so the public was aware of the incident. She claimed the reason behind the TV attack was “because she needed to give her name to get her medical bills paid for.” (Detroit Free Press)
Suh was not charged for the accident in December and attempts to call Suh, his attorney, and the Lions have all gone unanswered.