Man files lawsuit against Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg in connection with 2015 auto-pedestrian accident

Man files lawsuit against Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg in connection with 2015 auto-pedestrian accident

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A New Jersey man has filed a lawsuit in Charleston County court claiming Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg backed into him with his car in 2015 while the man was walking in downtown Charleston.

The lawsuit, filed on April 20, 2018, states Kenneth Kubicki was walking on a crosswalk on Cumberland Street near East Bay Street on Nov. 19, 2015 when Tecklenburg backed his vehicle into him, striking Kubicki's left side and left leg.

Kubicki declined EMS at the scene, according to the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch log, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.

When Kubicki took a photo of Tecklenburg's license plate, Tecklenburg got out of the car and offered to take the man to the hospital or buy him dinner, the lawsuit claims.

The city of Charleston police department found Tecklenburg at-fault for the auto-pedestrian crash, the lawsuit stated. Kubicki claims in the suit that the injuries he received were a result of Tecklenburg's negligence. Kubicki is seeking actual, special, and consequential or punitive damages.

The crash report states Tecklenburg was driving a 2007 Volkswagon during the incident.

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