In another case of alleged negligence by beach security or police, Lindsey Gordon, 24, is suing the Grand Isle police after being run over by a police vehicle while sunbathing on the beach. We have previously discussed this all-too-common type of accident.
Grand Isle Police Assistant Chief Norris Esponge was patrolling the beach in a marked police truck, a Ford F-150, when he drove over Gordon. She was left with a shattered pelvis and internal bleeding in the incident. She is lucky (if one could say such a thing in this incident) to have survived this horrific ordeal.
There is no indication that Esponge was rushing to an emergency at the time or had activated his siren. From a negligence perspective, this is obviously a highly foreseeable accident when driving a truck in a sunbathing incident. It is hard to say that this is not negligence unless Gordon was lying in a prohibited or non-public area (and even then it may remain foreseeable and sun bathers would be in the area). This is the type of case that would seem a priority to settle for defense counsel. A jury is not likely to be particularly sympathetic.