By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The mother of Amanda Smailes filed a lawsuit Friday in Berkeley County Circuit Court against the drunk driver who struck Smailes' car killing her, the state police trooper chasing him and the video crew in the police cruiser filming for a television show.
The complaint for wrongful death also seeks damages from the bar that served Sparkman alcoholic drinks.
Attorney Lawrence Schultz, who filed the suit for Cynthia Smailes, said there were several causes that led up to Amanda Smailes' death.
"We are approaching this under the dandelion concept. If you have a dandelion in your yard and you want to get rid of it, you have to get all the roots. If you do not get all the roots, it will come back," Schultz said.