Can the parents of someone who allegedly drives while under the influence be responsible for their child’s actions? Perhaps, if the parents knew their child had a problem and allowed them to drive their vehicle anyway. One man seeks to find out in a lawsuit filed earlier this year.
In court documents obtained by People Magazine, actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are the defendants in a lawsuit filed by Terry Moogan. The lawsuit stems from an accident in which Hanks and Wilson’s son, Chester (Chet), rear ended Terry Moogan.
The accident occurred in February of 2015. The lawsuit alleges that “Chester Hanks was driving his vehicle in an unreasonable and unsafe manner and was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time his vehicle struck Mr. Moogan’s vehicle,”
The lawsuit further alleges that despite being aware of their son’s problems with drugs and/or alcohol, his parents negligently allowed Chester to operate their vehicle. The suit contends that because of this, they are responsible for the accident in addition to Chester Hanks.
Hanks and Wilson own the car that the younger Hanks was driving while allegedly under the influence when the accident occurred.
Chet Hanks took to Twitter to discuss the lawsuit. He alleges that the plaintiff, Terry Moogan, is just looking for a payday. He also stated that he had completed drug and alcohol treatment and was 6 months sober.
Chet Hanks was never charged with a DUI as a result of the accident. However, in now deleted posts on Twitter, he came clean about his drug addiction. He also stated that he entered rehab in order to clean up.
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