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Man Hits His Own Car Then Sues Himself

Thursday, March 16, 2006

LODI, Calif. — When a dump truck backed into Curtis Gokey's car, he decided to sue the city for damages. Only thing is, he was the one driving the dump truck. But that minor detail didn't stop Gokey, a Lodi city employee, from filing a $3,600 claim for the December accident, even after admitting the crash was his fault.

After the city denied that claim because Gokey was, in essence, suing himself, he and his wife, Rhonda, decided to file a new claim under her name.

City Attorney Steve Schwabauer said this one also lacks merit because Rhonda Gokey can't sue her own husband.

"You can sue your spouse for divorce, but you can't sue your spouse for negligence," Schwabauer said. "They're a married couple under California law. They're one entity. It's damage to community property."

But Rhonda Gokey insisted she has "the right to sue the city because a city's vehicle damaged my private vehicle."

In fact, her claim, currently pending at Lodi City Hall, is for an even larger amount — $4,800.

"I'm not as nice as my husband is," she said.


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It reminds me of the tobacco lawsuit stories. Oh right like you didn't know that inhaling smoke into your lungs was going have a bad longterm affect?:doh:

It's not the additives that give you cancer, although they sure don't slow it down, its just smoke, a carcinigan.

O Lord what have I done bringing this up?

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If he had backed into a co-workers vehicle, the city would have covered it. They should cover his too, as long as there's no evidence of criminal intent. An accident, is an accident. If the City covers these things, there's no reason they shouldn't cover his.

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