A man who maintains he and his passenger were injured when a boxer who trains out of Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas slammed into his car at high speed last year can seek punitive damages against the other driver, a judge said in a tentative ruling issued Friday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elie Weinbach said he is inclined to deny J’Leon Love’s motion to strike plaintiff Peter Park’s punitive damages claim within his lawsuit, which was filed Dec. 10 and also names Mayweather as a defendant even though the undefeated fighter was not in the car.
The suit alleges Love was in the “course and scope of his employment with Mayweather when he collided head-on with Park’s car near Olympic Boulevard and 5th Street south of downtown Los Angeles last June 29.
“The court finds that a reasonable juror could find driving over 100 mph in a 35 mph zone, while weaving in and out of traffic, on a major road in Los Angeles County, constitutes despicable conduct,” the judge wrote. “The conduct clearly endangers the safety of others.”
Park says he suffered head, neck and foot injuries. His passenger and fellow plaintiff, Susan Young Choi, says she was hurt in her upper body, neck and shoulders.
Weinbach is scheduled to hear arguments Monday before issuing a final ruling.
News accounts of the accident stated that Mayweather was at the BET Awards that day and that his children were in Love’s car when the crash happened, but they were not seriously hurt.
Justin Bieber, who was in the area, rushed to comfort the youngsters and played his new music for them, according to news accounts.
— City News Service