Negligent driver incurs additional judgment

LISBON – Another $1.5 million judgment has been rendered against Ashley R. Clark, state Route 14, East Palestine.

Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam on Friday granted Victoria Bigley, administrator of the estate of Melissa Gorby, a $1.5 million judgment against Clark. Bigley is the mother of Gorby, who was killed in a traffic crash in March 2012.

Gorby was the front seat passenger in a 1995 Dodge Spirit driven by Holly R. Hughes northbound on state Router 170 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 claimed was a wrongful death due to the negligent actions of Clark. The lawsuit by Bigley was not only on her own behalf as Gorby’s mother, but also Gorby’s siblings and her son, Jeremy Gorby, as well as other next-of-kin.

It is the second $1.5 million judgment awarded against Clark. Last Wednesday, Judge C. Ashley Pike, also of Columbiana County Common Pleas Court, awarded Hughes $1.5 million for her severe injuries.

Prior to the filing of the two civil cases, Clark was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail after pleading no contest to vehicular homicide charges involving Gorby’s death. Both civil cases sought in excess of $25,000.