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MARSHALL FOOTBALL: Herd’s Grooms named in civil suit

By Derek Redd, Marshall beat writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Marshall University football player is one of five people named in a civil suit seeking damages following an April 2013 vehicle-pedestrian collision.

Running back Kevin Grooms was named in the complaint along with Alyssa Rae Bartley and John Does No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. The lawsuit was filed by Jordan Badalucco-Crist on April 8.

The suit claims that on April 21, 2013, Grooms was driving a Toyota Camry owned by Bartley “while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, operating said motor vehicle at excessive speed” in the 1200 block of Fourth Avenue in Huntington, when it struck Badalucco-Crist as he was crossing the street. Badalucco-Crist’s attorney, Michael Del Giudice, said Tuesday that his client’s leg was seriously injured in the collision and he spent several days in the hospital.

According to the crash report filed by Huntington police, the vehicle fled west, then south on 12th Street and the driver and passengers fled on foot from the vehicle in the 400 block of 12th Street. The report states that driver of the vehicle was unknown, as was whether that driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Del Giudice said that, through his investigation, he was able to gain enough information to file a civil suit against Grooms, Bartley and the three John Does. The suit accuses Grooms, 21, of negligence and accuses Bartley of allowing Grooms to drive the vehicle under the influence. It accuses Bartley, John Doe No. 1 and John Doe No. 2 of encouraging Grooms to drive the vehicle in a negligent manner and accuses John Doe No. 3 of providing Grooms the alcohol and/or drugs.

Badalucco-Crist seeks damages that cover past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses, past and future physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, embarrassment, annoyance and inconvenience, punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and any other damages as discovered at a later date.

Marshall University athletic officials declined comment on the lawsuit. It was unknown whether Grooms had hired an attorney for the civil suit. The Cabell County Circuit Clerk’s office was closed Tuesday for Election Day.

Grooms was arrested early on the morning of April 21, 2013, on misdemeanor charges of underage consumption and obstruction. No other charges were announced against Grooms from that day. He was arrested on Nov. 30, 2013 on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and obstruction. He was suspended from the team after the November arrest, missing the Conference USA championship game and the Military Bowl. He returned to the team for spring practice in April.

Grooms was the Conference USA freshman of the year in 2012, after leading all conference freshmen with 737 rushing yards. Hobbled by high ankle sprain, he finished with 503 yards and six touchdowns in 2013.

Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.


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