A first date based on a meeting on Tinder turned fatal when a woman fell off a motorcycle and her intoxicated date allegedly abandoned her on a Florida interstate. Her family filed a personal injury lawsuit against her date for alleged negligence.
The couple met on the online dating site after the defendant came from Schenectady, N.Y to visit his cousin in Fort Lauderdale. She was 33-years-old, lived in Fort Lauderdale with her parents and was a restaurant server. They spent their first date on a motorcycle ride with two other couples to visit bars in the area.
The 34-year-old defendant was impaired by alcohol from drinking at these bars and negligently operating a 2001 Harley Davidson Road King, according to the lawsuit. This allegedly caused the victim to fall off the motorcycle on I-95.
The defendant stopped briefly but drove away without aiding her according to the complaint. Some witnesses claim that they saw a man on a motorcycle standing near the victim’s body before driving off. She was found dead around 3:00 am on Dec. 7 near Pompano Beach. The plaintiffs’ attorney claimed that up to nine vehicles struck her.
Her parents filed the wrongful death lawsuit on Dec. 21 seeking $15,000 in damages. They charge that the defendant, while impaired, carelessly and operated the motorcycle which caused her to be thrown from the motorcycle into oncoming traffic. The accident is under investigation as a traffic homicide by the Florida Highway Patrol which is also seeking information from the public.
Families of victims who lose their lives through another person’s reckless or negligence may file a wrongful death lawsuit for damages. An attorney can help them gather evidence and hold parties responsible.