Trials & Litigation

Horn-honking is 'small town terrorism,' says man in suit against 40 neighbors

An Ohio man is suing 40 of his neighbors for allegedly honking their car horns near his home.

Garrick Krlich of Hubbard contends that the horn-honking constitutes harassment, reports.

Krlich has a website where he posts police reports and civil protection orders he’s filed, along with a dramatic retelling of the story: “The Krlichs lie awake, listening … waiting … and then come the sounds of the roaring engines, the screeching tires — and the horns. Horns that seem to be screaming ‘Go away! Leave! Never come back!’”

“You come home and there is non-stop horn blowing and you would rather stay at work and not even come to your house,” Krlich told the station.

The lawsuit, filed Friday, alleges that the excessive horn-honking stems from a real estate dispute with one of his neighbors. Krlich, who says the honking has caused him and his wife emotional distress, is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

Along with Krlich’s neighbor in the real estate dispute, the suit names a police officer and a firefighter as defendants.

James Wynne, one of the named defendants, said the suit was frivolous. He said Krlich had tried and failed to get a civil protection order against him because he was able to show he was honking his horn at a friend and not Krlich.

“I thought it was over with and now I read that he’s suing me,” Wynne said.

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