Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 25, 2012
The civil lawsuit against a Villanova socialite who pled guilty to a 2009 hit-and-run car accident, has settled for $635,000 by Philadelphia personal injury lawyers Console & Hollawell. Suzanne K. Lammers received a 90-day prison sentence for fleeing the scene of an accident after striking and seriously injuring then 13-year-old Andrew Mallee with her 2002 Volvo station wagon as the teenager rode his bike along New Gulph Road in Bryn Mawr, according to court documents**. According to court documents, Lammers fled the scene after hearing police sirens rather than waiting to see how badly hurt the teenager was. Court documents** also stated that Lammers then tried to hide her vehicle in her garage even throwing a tarp over it to cover the car’s extensive front-end damage. Philadelphia personal injury attorney Richard Hollawell, who handled the civil suit on Mallee’s behalf, expressed satisfaction as he left an approval hearing on the settlement last Thursday in Montgomery County.
Lammers reportedly told police she believed she hit a deer at the time of the accident, according to court documents**. Even though she later admitted to authorities that she struck Mallee and pled guilty to leaving the scene of the accident, her subsequent sworn deposition testimony in the civil case was completely contrary. As seen in her video deposition, Lammers claimed her confession to police was made under duress or simply written up by officers for her to sign.
Hollawell stated, “Lammers’ claim of coercion in the subsequent deposition was insulting because she stood before a judge under oath in criminal court and stated that she pled guilty because she was guilty and that her plea was under her own free will.”
Hollawell and his team of Lower Merion personal injury attorneys pointed to the 90-day prison sentence imposed on Lammers as proof that even the wealthy have to pay for breaking the law.
“The family and I are very pleased with the settlement. The family has endured 3 years of court hearings in the criminal and civil matters and a fair result was our only goal in the civil case. Although there were aggravating and disturbing circumstances of Lammer's post-accident behavior, it was likely that would have never been admissible in the civil trial, especially if Lammers admitted negligence at trial which was the expected course of action. Although Andrew sustained serious injuries initially, thankfully he recovered quite well and is back playing sports and doing well with his studies preparing for college.” Hollawell said.
Since 1994, the Philadelphia hit-and-run accident attorneys at Console & Hollawell P.C. have advocated for more than 5,000 clients across Pennsylvania. The firm’s award-winning legal team has obtained over $30 million in compensation for client injuries.