A lawsuit on behalf of Lacey Picard, a Park City resident who in September 2011 was struck while horseback riding by a teen driving a sport utility vehicle, has been brought against the juvenile driver, seeking damages for medical costs, the loss of past wages, full-time residential care and the loss of her horse, among other costs.
The accident occurred on Sept. 5, 2011, as the juvenile was driving down Silver Creek Road faster than the posted speed limit and looking at her mobile device, according to court documents. The horse Picard was riding was killed. Picard suffered serious injuries, including bone fractures and a traumatic brain injury.
The defendants include the juvenile driver, Summit County and Summit County Service Area 3, which, among other functions, maintains roads in Summit County. Charges of negligence are being brought against all three parties. It was filed by Hans Picard, Lacey's father, and Rhonda Devereaux, one of her friends, in the Summit County Third District Court.
"[These allegations] describe what we think is the negligent conduct on behalf of each of the defendants," said Richard Mrazik, attorney for Picard.
The lawsuit charges Summit County and Service Area 3 failed to make Silver Creek Road safe for pedestrians and equestrians and did not stripe, or paint the road with center or edge lines, among other charges.
The driver has completed 175 hours of community service since she was sentenced in December 2011. She was 16 at the time and was also put on probation.
Picard is permanently disabled as a result of the accident, but Mrazik said she is "trying to get better every day."
"It's a rough road," Mrazik said.