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Lawsuit: Man In Crash Was Drunk, Speeding And Having Sex

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From The Washington Post come these lowlights from the court filings:

Paragraph 10. "At the time of the collision, Defendant was going 85 miles per hour."

Paragraph 12. "At the time of the collision, Defendant was having sex with a female."

Paragraph13. "At the time of the collision, Defendant was driving admittedly drunk."

Paragraph 14. "At the time of the accident, Defendant was partially or totally in the backseat of the car."

According to the Post, the defendant was convicted of drunk driving in May 2010, and the incident occurred on the night of his 21st birthday party. But he now reportedly denies that he was the one driving (in addition to a woman, there was a second man in the car). And the defendant's lawyer, Frank Prior, told the Post that there has been "no statement by anyone that they were driving on the Beltway having sex" and "no facts on it."

The plaintiff, a 28-year-old cab driver, is seeking $75,000 in damages. A judge has already thrown out a claim for punitive damages. The trial is set to begin next week.

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