Additional lawsuits filed against EP woman

LISBON – Two lawsuits filed in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court this week show both the administrator of the estate of Melissa K. Gorby and the driver of the vehicle Gorby was riding in at the time of her death are suing the East Palestine woman believed responsible for the crash.

Ashley R. Clark, 24, state Route 14, pleaded no contest in county Municipal Court Jan. 14 to vehicular homicide for Gorby’s death in March 2012. Clark was immediately sentenced to 90 days in jail, had her license suspended for 10 years and required 60 hours community service.

According to the new lawsuits, Gorby was the front seat passenger in a 1995 Dodge Spirit driven by Holly R. Hughes northbound on state Route 165 in Unity Township on March 13, 2012. Clark, the driver of a 1999 Dodge Caravan was southbound, reportedly went left of center and collided head-on with the vehicle Gorby was riding in.

Gorby died of her injuries, which the lawsuit claims was a wrongful death due to the negligent actions of Clark.

The lawsuit filed by the administrator of the estate seeks in excess of $25,000 on behalf of Gorby’s mother, siblings and her son, Jeremy Gorby, as well as other next-of-kin.

Hughes is seeking in excess of $25,000 for her alleged injuries, causing her permanent scars, great pain and medical expenses following the crash.