Erin Derrick, the passenger of Billy Lane on the night of the crash that took the life of Gerald Morelock has filed civil suit against Lane and Chrysler. The complaint states:
1- That at the time of the September 4, 2006 accident, defendant Lane was operating the vehicle even though he knew or should have known that his license was either suspended or should have been suspended by the State Of North Carolina while awaiting sentencing on a driving under the influence charge. 2- That at the time of the accident, Defendant Lane was operating the Dodge truck while intoxicated. 3- That as a result of Defendant Lane’s negligence, Plaintiff suffered bodily injury that is permanent within a reasonable degree of medical probability and resultant pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, expensive hospitalization, medical and nursing care and treatment, loss of earnings, loss of ability to earn money and aggravation of a previously existing condition. That the losses are either permanent or continuing and that Plaintiff will suffer losses in the future. 4- Plaintiff demands judgment for damages against William D. Lane and Chrysler LLC. And further requests a trial by jury.
Lane and Dodge reached a civil lawsuit settlement with the family of the victim last year. Billy is still waiting for his trial date to fight a DUI manslaughter charge. Next to her picture in MySpace, Erin wrote these words: “I am so sorry…but I had to do it”. (Article written with the collaboration of Mike Odom at MNO).