H&W Construction sued over accident

Posted: November 3, 2012

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A local man is suing H&W Construction Co. and its owner for $1.5 million for allegedly causing a vehicle crash in November 2010.

According to the civil suit filed in Frederick County Circuit Court, Aaron David Westlake was driving his 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck on Nov. 18 — north of the city on U.S. 11 near its intersection with Interstate 81 — when he collided with another vehicle.

That vehicle — a 2001 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van owned by H&W Construction — was driven by Thomas William Breeden, who was traveling south on U.S. 11 and attempting to make a left turn, according to the suit.

Westlake accuses Breeden of failing to yield the right of way, making an improper left turn and failing to keep a proper lookout, among other things.

As a result of the wreck and the accused negligence of Breeden, Westlake states in the suit, he sustained serious and permanent injury and suffered and will continue to suffer in the future loss of income and diminution in earning capacity.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com