Justin Guarini Sued over Car Incident
While this year's "American Idol" runner-up, Clay Aiken, is hitting the top of the pop charts, last year's No. 2 "Idol" guy, Justin Guarini, is making it to a court docket, having been sued for $100,000 by a couple that says he rammed into the back of their car on a Pennsylvania road.
The suit, filed Friday in Northampton County Court, charges that the 25-year-old moptop drove his truck into the rear of a car occupied by Bethlehem residents Louis A. and Adrienne Maiatico, reports the Associated Press.
The Maiaticos' legal papers contend that Guarini, of Doylestown (in scenic Bucks County, Pa.), was looking at papers and took his eyes off the road when the two vehicles collided on March 12, 2002.
The couple was waiting at a red light and Guarini was driving too fast, the lawsuit states.
Bethlehem police cited Guarini for following the other car too closely. The singer filed papers to appeal the ticket but decided it wasn't worth leaving Los Angeles to appear in court on Sept. 16, 2002, and simply paid the $25 fine and $75 in court costs instead, his attorney Douglas C. Roger Jr. said.
The two-count suit, filed by Easton attorney Michael A. Snover, contends that Louis Maiatico suffered injuries to his back, neck and side.
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