Salem police officer sues Mass. driver for injuries suffered on job
David Hyatt filed suit against William Manning in Rockingham County Superior Court on Aug. 9 seeking unspecified damages. Hyatt said that his left hand and wrist became caught in the door of Manning's Honda Odyssey minivan while Hyatt was directing traffic at the Salem amusement park Aug. 14, 2010.
"Mr. Manning turned his vehicle around, drove up to Officer Hyatt and proceeded to confront him with respect to his traffic directing skills. As the Manning vehicle proceeded toward and stopped in front of Officer Hyatt, both defendant Manning and his wife swore profusely at Officer Hyatt," the suit said.
As the vehicle moved, the suit said Hyatt asked for him to stop, but Manning swore at him and "accelerated away."
As a result of the incident, the suit said Hyatt suffered an acute shoulder strain with acute partial tear of his rotator cuff and acute impingement syndrome; an acute left thumb and wrist strain; left wrist tendinitis; and post traumatic degenerative joint disease of the carpal/metacarpal joint.
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