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Published: Wednesday, 2/10/2010

Toledo man sues Skow estate, says judge's auto hit him

A Toledo man has filed a lawsuit against the estate of Judge William Skow, claiming he was struck by a vehicle driven by the judge while he was walking across an intersection in 2008.

Mark Lewis II's complaint was filed Monday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court. His attorney, William Lindsley, asks for $1 million in damages to pay for Mr. Lewis' medical bills and other costs.

According to the complaint, Mr. Lewis was crossing Sylvania Avenue at Upton Avenue about 10:50 p.m. March 14, 2008, when a vehicle struck him. Mr. Lewis apparently was in the crosswalk, and the driver “failed to yield the right-of-way,” the lawsuit said. The lawsuit further said Judge Skow was driving the vehicle.

Judge Skow died June 21.

Mr. Lewis incurred about $100,000 in medical bills from his injuries, the suit said. The case was assigned to Judge Frederick McDonald.

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