Ezekiel Elliott facing $1 million lawsuit over 2017 car accident
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been named the defendant in a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages stemming from a car accident in January 2017, according to documents obtained by NBC 5.
The accident in question occurred on Jan 11, 2017 with Elliott on the way to practice. A police report filed at the time noted Elliott ran a red light, striking the vehicle of Ronnie Hill, the plaintiff in the lawsuit. Hill’s BMW 7 series automobile was determined to be a total loss and both vehicles had to be towed away from the accident scene.
According to the lawsuit, Hill “suffered, and continues to suffer serious, life-altering injuries and damages.”
Hill’s attorney, Quentin Brogdon, discussed the lawsuit with NBC 5.
“Zeke Elliott, to his credit, admitted at the scene that he ran the red light. Zeke Elliott, as far as we know, has not impeded in any way the agreed resolution or settlement of these legal claims,” Brogdon said.
A Texas Department of Transportation crash report indicates Elliott admitted to police on the scene to accidentally running the red light.
Brogdon has indicated his client filed the lawsuit against Elliott “very reluctantly” due to being a huge Cowboys fan.
Elliott’s attorney indicated in a statement that the reason his client is named as the Plaintiff stems from how Texas is not a “direct action state.” In other words, a claimant is prohibited from filing a lawsuit directly against an individual’s insurance company.
Elliott was said to exhibiting a “serious-minded” approach this season in training camp. Elliott’s focus was attributed to how a protracted appeal process over his suspension plagued him last season . The Cowboys obviously hope this lawsuit does not serve as a distraction to the third-year running back.