Man hit by Assistant Prosecutor suing three Grand Rapids bars

Man hit by assistant prosecutor suing three Grand rapids bars

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The man hit by a former Kent County prosecutor is now suing three Grand Rapids bars.

The lawsuit says Josh Kuiper should not have been served before the wrong-way crash.

Daniel Empson has filed a lawsuit against the owners of J. Gardellas, Luna and McFadden's. He is asking for at least $25,000.

The lawsuit alleges that on November 18, 2016, Kuiper was at McFadden's for a retirement party for Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth, a dinner party at Luna with other people that attended the going away party, and also at Gardella's.

According to the lawsuit, Kuiper was visibly intoxicated at all three bars and had at least one drink at all three.

Around 12:30 a.m. November 19, the Plaintiff Empson was getting a coat out of his car that was parked on Union Avenue. The lawsuit alleges that at the same time an intoxicated Kuiper drove his 2014 Toyota Tacoma south on Union, Union is a one way northbound street.

Kuiper crashed into Empson's car, sending Empson flying approximately 60 feet backwards into the intersection of Union and Kellogg Street.

Empson fractured three ribs, three thoracic vertebrae, and broke a bone in his shoulder. He also suffered injuries to his head, chest, hip, hands, and arm.

Kuiper resigned after the crash, and remains free on bond as he awaits trial on charges of reckless driving causing serious injury and moving violation causing injury.

The Grand Rapids Police Departments handling of the crash resulted in the firing of Lieutenant Lt. Matthew Janiskee, the suspension and demotion of Sergeant Thomas Warwick, and the suspension of Officer Adam Ickes. Janiskee is currently suing the city.

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