Convicted Drunk Driver Sues His Dead Victims
The never-ending parade of ridiculous lawsuits filed by prison inmates has a new leader.
A Florida man who pleaded guilty to three counts of DUI manslaughter in 2007 after police found drugs in his system has filed a lawsuit against the three people he killed on Christmas day of 2007. He claims they were the real cause of the accident.
David Belniak's lawsuit says the police investigation of his accident was driven and tainted by his police record, that includes several DUI convictions and doing time in prison for dealing drugs.
Tampa police say Belniak was driving under the influence of drugs and going over 75 mph when his pickup truck slammed into the rear of an SUV. Three of the four people in the SUV were killed, and the fourth person finally died of his injuries last year.
Authorities said Belniak had alcohol, Xanax and evidence of cocaine in his system.
So how could the accident be his victims' fault? Belniak claims the other driver abruptly moved over into his lane and he couldn't avoid hitting them. He also says the driver was under the influence of medications at the time.
Belniak wants the victims' family to pay him for his "pain and suffering ... mental anguish ... loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life" and the medical bills he got as a result of a crash he pleaded guilty to causing.
Belniak is this week's poster child for "chutzpah". The English word for that is "gall", as in "he sure has a lot of gall." He's like the man who murdered his parents and then begged the judge for mercy because he was an orphan.
It's worth noting that Belniak's lawyer is also his sister. Probably because no one else would take this lawsuit. Assuming that a judge actually allows it to come to trial, does he really believe that a jury knowing all the facts would rule in his favor?