Woman sues Gresham, police officer in wake of 2 collisions
A woman filed a lawsuit against the city of Gresham and a local police officer Tuesday, Jan. 9, after a car accident that left her with physical and mental pain.
Vinessa Roley is suing the city, Gresham police officer Tobin Fisher and Amie Poot (Amie Brown) for a pair of accidents that left Roley with several physical injuries. The first car accident, which involved Fisher as the other driver, occurred on Jan. 11, 2016. The second happened about a month later, with Poot as the other driver.
In total Roley is seeking $596,733.18.
According to the lawsuit, Fisher was driving southbound near the intersection of Southeast 202nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street when his 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe collided with Roley's 1987 Honda Accord. The suit alleges that Fisher was driving over the speed limit, crossed the center line, and was using a mobile device while driving.
Following the collision with Fisher, Roley was in another accident on Feb. 12, 2016. Poot was driving near the intersection of Northeast 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street. According to the lawsuit, Poot caused a collision between the two drivers.
Roley suffered, allegedly as a result of the collisions, physical and mental pain, anguish and suffering together with a permanent tearing, twisting and wrenching of her neck and back. The injuries have also included numbness and headaches, the lawsuit said. Roley required spinal surgery because of the back pain.
According to the lawsuit, exasperating Roley's problems was a bodily condition that caused her to be more subject to injuries than a person in normal health. The injuries are "permanent and degenerative in nature and have increased her susceptibility to future (problems)."
The city of Gresham does not comment on pending litigation.