MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - David W. Grove, the Martinsburg man charged in a car accident that killed a Hedgesville, W.Va., couple, was named in a second lawsuit last week - this one filed by his passenger.
Robert A. Barrett, 26, of 604 Park St., Martinsburg, is asking for more than $50,000 for injuries he sustained in the Jan. 25 collision, as well as for loss of income. The suit also seeks more than $50,000 in punitive damages.
On Feb. 27, the family of Shelva and Daniel Head filed a suit against Grove that also named Barrett, alleging he encouraged Grove to drink, then asked him for a ride.
Barrett's attorney, D. Michael Burke, said those allegations are unfounded.
"He was getting a ride to his girlfriend's house. The other allegations are without merit," Burke said. "They allege they had been drinking together and my client had not been drinking with Mr. Grove."