COLUMBIA, S.C., April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A legal team from the South Carolina personal injury law firm of Chappell, Smith & Arden has filed a two-cause wrongful death lawsuit against a Delaware man who has been charged with driving a car that collided with the SUV driven by a South Carolina couple on I-95 in February, leading to their violent deaths.
The lawsuit, Holley v. Gregg (Case No. 2011-CP-15-266), was filed by the firm's South Carolina auto accident lawyers in the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Colleton in South Carolina. The plaintiff is the surviving daughter of Philip and Elaine Lavoie, the victims of the accident.
The lawsuit alleges two causes of action against Christopher Gregg, who is currently incarcerated in the South Carolina Department of Corrections: (1) General Negligence – Wrongful Death; and (2) General Negligence – Survivorship Action. The complaint seeks an appropriate amount of monetary compensation for both actual and punitive damages.
The case stems from a February 27, 2011 incident in which Gregg was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed on I-95 while intoxicated. Holley's complaint claims that after a series of erratic and dangerous maneuvers on the interstate, Gregg attempted to pass the Lavoies, who were on the way to their home in Richland County, S.C.
The Lavoies were later found to be traveling at 66 miles per hour and were both safely belted into their 2005 Chevrolet Suburban. Gregg allegedly swerved his vehicle into the Lavoies' lane and collided with their vehicle, causing it to go off the roadway and roll over, where it struck a tree. The violent impact crushed the passenger compartment, causing the deaths of both Philip and Elaine Lavoie.
According to the lawsuit, after the incident Gregg was field tested and found to be under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. During the sobriety test, he laughed and smiled, showing no remorse or concern for the loss of life he had just caused. Investigators also subsequently discovered a series of mobile posts that Gregg made to his Facebook page while he was driving down the road.
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