Trials & Litigation
Cabbie Awarded $22K in Suit Against Man Who Said Sex Act Preceded Car Crash
Posted Jun 22, 2011 8:06 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Herndon, Va., cabdriver has been awarded $22,000 in a suit against a man who told police he couldn’t have been driving the speeding car that caused a crash because he was receiving oral sex in the back seat just before the accident.
Jurors awarded damages to the 28-year-old cab driver, Abdu Omar, after a two-day trial, the Washington Post reports at its blog The State of NoVa. According to testimony by the officer on the scene, the defendant, Salem Trad, at first said his female passenger had been driving. Then Trad said he couldn’t have been driving because he was engaged in the sex act in the back seat.
At trial, Trad testified he was asleep when the accident occurred and a male friend had been driving, The State of NoVa reports in a different post. The trooper and a witness at the scene said they never saw the male friend, a co-defendant who was found not liable in the same trial even though he slept through part of it.
Trad was convicted of drunk driving in connection with the accident in September, The State of Nova says. He tweeted during breaks in the liability trial and after the verdict. “It would be cool if I got a million followers over this,” Trad wrote.