Tampa Bay Rays Matt Bush to Face Port Charlotte Personal Injury Lawsuit

by Carmen Dellutri on April 17, 2012

Sarasota car accident attorneyMatt Bush, a minor league pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, will face a personal injury lawsuit after leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident in Port Charlotte last month. The lawsuit was filed in Charlotte County against Bush and outfielder Brandon Guyer and seeks $5 million in compensation from each player.

As we previously reported on this blog, Bush struck the motorcycle of 72-year-old Tony Tufano and left the scene of the Port Charlotte accident. He was later arrested after police determined Bush had a blood alcohol percentage of .180, more than double the legal limit in Florida. Tufano, meanwhile, remains hospitalized with serious injuries, including a collapsed lung and hemorrhaging of the brain.

In addition to the civil lawsuit, Bush is facing seven charges, with bail set for $1.015 million. USA Today also reports that the Rays have indicated that Bush, the first overall draft pick by the Padres in 2004, will not play again in their organization.

Brandon Guyer, a teammate of Bush, has also been named in the complaint because he owned the vehicle Bush was driving at the time of the accident. He maintains that he did not know his teammate was driving on a suspended license when he let Bush borrow his vehicle. However, he could still be held liable under Florida’s “dangerous instrumentality doctrine.”

We will discuss the doctrine in detail tomorrow, so stay tuned.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte DUI accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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