Hit runner files lawsuit

LIHUE — A Kapaa women who was training for a marathon is suing the family of the driver that struck her on the side of the road.

Catherine Petterson, an occupational therapist working on Kauai, was training for the Honolulu Marathon on the morning of July 22, 2012. 

She had been running for about a mile and was on the grass adjacent to Kawaihau Road in Kapaa, when she was struck from behind by a 1995 Ford Ranger.

The truck was driven by one of three defendants named in the suit, Carol Ridgley, Roger Ridgley Sr. and Roger Ridgley Jr., all of Kapaa. The vehicle was insured by Carol Ridgley.

Paramedics arrived at the scene to find Petterson unconscious and unresponsive. 

According to the complaint, she suffered serious injuries including joint sprains and strains, a contusion and strain to her lumbar spine and right buttock, and an injury to her right foot. She continues to suffer memory loss, dizziness, photophobia, and headaches in association with the injury to her head, the complaint stated.

Petterson is represented by the Honolulu firm of Hosoda and Morikone, LLC. 

The suit seeks damages for loss of earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses and special damages in amounts to be proved at trial.

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