UNION COUNTY — A woman is suing Union County, Dixie Youth Baseball Inc., and Union Dixie Youth for more than $100,000 for injuries she say she suffered when hit in the head with a baseball at the Timken Sports Complex.
In papers filed June 20 in the Union County Clerk of Court’s Office, Jennie E. Bobo is alleging negligence and carelessness on the part of the county and the Dixie Youth organizations for an incident that occurred on April 4 when she says she was struck in the head by a baseball while walking with her family along the main sidewalk through the complex. The suit states that unbeknownst to Bobo, a “youth baseball team believed to be sponsored by Kingsmore Construction, which was member of Defendant Dixie Youth, was hitting balls and/or conducting batting practice in the grassy area behind the press box and adjacent to the sidewalk. The batting practice was ongoing outside of the fenced in playing area.”
The suit states that as Bobo was “walking on the sidewalk, she was struck directly in the back of her head with a batted baseball.”
It further states that as a result of this, Bobo suffered the following “past and future damages” including:
• Permanent bodily injury, including cognitive and mental injuries.
• Pain and suffering
• Mental anguish
• Loss of enjoyment of life.
• Past medical and rehabilitative expenses.
• Future medical and rehabilitative expenses.
• Lost wages
• Substantial and permanent loss of future wage earning capacity.
The suit states that “the coaches assigned to the team knew or should have known of the ongoing batting practice outside of the fenced in area … should have known that batting practice outside of the fenced playing area was not allowed under Timken rules and was dangerous to other individuals present at Timken … knew or should have known of this dangerous activity and allowed it to continue.”
It further states that the batting practice was taking place “directly in front of the Timken operation offices and in clear view of Timken employees and/or agents” and that those employees and agents “should have known of the ongoing batting practice outside of the fenced playing area.” It states that at no time during the practice did Timken personnel inform the team and its coaches “that it was against Timken rules to conduct batting practice outside of the fenced playing area, attempt to cease the activity, or warn of the danger of the activity.”
The suit claims that the injuries and damages suffered by Bobo were the “direct and proximate result of the negligent, grossly negligent, careless, reckless, willful and wanton disregard” for her rights on the part of Union County, Dixie Youth Baseball, and Union Dixie Youth. It asks the court for “actual damages in excess of $100,000, to be determined by a jury,” that will fully compensate Bobo for her injuries and damages, legal costs, “prejudgment and post-judgment interest, and for such other and further relief as is appropriate under the circumstances.”
The information for this story is on file at the Union County Clerk of Court’s Office.