The family of a teenage cyclist, who died after being hit by a car, is now being sued for more than $1 million by the woman who was behind the wheel.
The Canadian motorist, who killed the 17-year-old cyclist in a late-night collision, is suing his family for emotional distress.
She claims the teen was to blame for the accident because he failed to wear a visibility vest.
In the suit, Sharlene Simon says her “enjoyment of life has been irretrievably lessened” since the accident in which Brandon Majewski was killed and his friend Richard McLean, 16, seriously injured in October 2012.
She is now suing both teens along with Jake Roberts, 16, who was also knocked off his bike in the collision near the Canadian town of Innisfil, Ontario, but was unhurt, for more than $1 million.
The dead boy’s father Derek said, “It makes my blood boil. This has ripped our family apart.
“This thing haunts us. It will never stop haunting us.
"And now this woman has the gall to try to profit from our dead child she killed? Profit from another boy who was almost crippled?”
Mrs Simon, 42, a mother-of-three, is said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since the accident and is unable to work.
Brandon’s mother, Venetta Mlynczyk, told a local newspaper, “She killed my child and now she wants to profit from it? She says she’s in pain?
“Tell her to look inside my head and she will see pain, she will see panic, she will see nightmares.”
A police investigation into the crash, which took place at 1am on a dark, rainy night as the three friends went out to buy hot dogs, concluded that the main factor was the lack of visibility of the cyclists.
In her claim, in which she is joined as plaintiffs by her police officer husband, mother and children, Mrs Simon accuses the teens of negligence, saying they were biking without the appropriate lights and reflectors, without helmets and they didn’t keep an eye on the road or their bikes under control.
She is also suing the County of Simcoe for failing to keep the road and lighting in good repair.
According to the police report, Mrs Simon admitted speeding before the accident. She is being sued by the Majewski family.