Former cabinet minister Ernie Fage has been hit with a second lawsuit stemming from the 2006 car crash that all but ended his political career.
Last Friday, Steve Bezanson filed a damages suit against Fage, claiming he suffered injuries when Fage’s government-leased 2005 Volkswagen sedan rear-ended the vehicle he was in.
Earlier last week the driver of that vehicle, George Myrer, also filed a lawsuit against Fage claiming damages.
The collision occurred at the intersection of Sackville and South Park streets on Nov. 24, 2006 after Fage left the Old Triangle pub in downtown Halifax. After striking the vehicle carrying the two Chronicle-Herald employees, Fage drove away.
He was later convicted of leaving the scene of an accident. The high-profile case caused Fage to be ousted first from cabinet, then from the Progressive Conservative caucus. He served as an independent until this spring, when he lost his Cumberland North seat to the NDP’s Brian Skabar.
Bezanson’s lawsuit claims Fage was negligent in operating his vehicle by driving at an excessive speed, driving in a careless and imprudent manner, and failing to take evasive manoeuvres to avoid the collision.
Bezanson said he received bodily injuries in the collision and is seeking unspecified damages.