The teen is accused of falling asleep and causing a wreck that killed three. Prosecutors say the boy was "huffing" a chemical to get high.
A survivor of a deadly August car crash has filed a lawsuit against the teenage driver accused of causing the collision by falling asleep at the wheel and running a red light U.S. 19 and Ridge Road.
Milissia Posey filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Raimond Moran on behalf of her fiance, Feliciano Castillo, one of the three people killed in the Aug. 19 crash.
Authorities say Moran was driving west on Ridge Road when he passed out as he approached the busy intersection at U.S. 19. Prosecutors say that Moran and two teens in the car with him were "huffing" _ inhaling a chemical from an aerosol can to get high.
Posey had just left a restaurant and was driving home on U.S. 19 when Moran's Honda Prelude slammed into her 1978 Buick Regal, setting off a chain-reaction collision.
Moran, authorities say, passed out seconds before the crash, and another teen in the car, Keith Domagala, grabbed the wheel in attempt to avoid a collision. Prosecutors say Moran and his friends were on their way to buy Ecstasy, a mood-altering drug popular with teens.
Those killed all were passengers in Posey's car. In addition to Castillo, the victims included Posey's cousin, Douglas Allen, and his girlfriend, Megan Basinger, who was three months pregnant.
Posey and her 2-year-old daughter, Maria, were airlifted to a St. Petersburg hospital. Maria's pelvis was broken in five places and she is having trouble learning to walk again. Posey, a certified nursing assistant, didn't work for months because of a shoulder injury she suffered in the crash.
Moran, 18, has been charged with three counts of manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Moran is the principal defendant in the lawsuit, but the complaint, filed Friday in Pasco Circuit Court, also names his mother and stepfather _ Christine and Scott Breivik _ and Domagala.
Posey's Tarpon Springs attorney, Ed Latour, said he will ask a jury for millions.
"I'm trying to find as much money as I can," Latour said.
Posey, who declined to comment Wednesday, has already filed a personal injury lawsuit against Moran on behalf of herself and Maria.
Scott Breivik said he and his wife have been working to persuade their insurance company to settle with Posey for as much money as possible.
"We're encouraging them, in the strongest way possible, to get this settled," Breivik said. "Our hearts and our prayers go out to all the victims of the accident.
"They've suffered a tragic loss and we'd like to do anything we can for them."
_ Cary Davis covers courts in west Pasco County. He can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6236 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6236. His e-mail address is cbdavissptimes.com.