Mount Airy business owner sues for damages from 2011 wreck on Andy Griffith Parkway.


By Terri Flagg - tflagg@civitasmedia.com



DOBSON — A Surry County jury will decide the amount of damages due a Mount Airy man injured in a 2011 wreck in a trial that began Tuesday in Superior Court.

Seeking $20,000 or more for medical bills and pain and suffering, plaintiff Tony Hicks filed a motor vehicle negligence suit in 2013 against Ira Daniel Bumgardner, who is deceased.

Frederick G. Johnson is listed as the public administrator for Bumgardner’s estate, which is represented by Greensboro attorney Steven B. Fox.

According to the plaintiff’s counsel Rep. Sarah Stevens, the defense admitted liability.

Tony Hicks, owner of T & K Enterprises on Lebanon Street in Mount Airy, testified that he and his wife were headed for an automobile auction in Statesville on Aug. 6, 2011, when their vehicle, driven by Hicks, was struck by Bumgardner’s.

The accident occurred at the intersection in front of the Mayberry Mall on South U.S. 52.

Hicks said he reached out instinctively to block his wife just before the vehicle’s airbags exploded.

His shoulder, hand and leg were injured in the accident, according to Hicks’ testimony.

The impact caused $28,000 in damage to his vehicle which totaled the car, Hicks said.

Bumgardner died in 2012 from causes not related to the accident, Stevens said.

Hicks testified that the injury to his shoulder caused continual pain that led to him having trouble sleeping and driving, and prevented him from tasks like picking up his grandchildren.

Physical therapy sessions failed to alleviate the pain.

“It seemed to help some, but it never went all the way away,” he said.

Hicks opted for shoulder surgery about three years after the accident, Stevens said.

Fox declined to comment while the trial is in progress.

By Terri Flagg

tflagg@civitasmedia.com

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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