Attorneys sue track for injured driver
Attorneys for a harness racing driver who suffered a severe brain injury in a race accident at a Pennsylvania track are suing the operator of the facility.
The lawsuit was filed this week in Philadelphia on behalf of Anthony Coletta, who was badly injured in the November accident at Chester Downs in Chester, Pa.
"We have reason to believe that there was a dangerous condition that the owners had knowledge of and information about," one of the lawyers, Michael Barrett, said in an interview with Philly.com. "They didn't rectify it in a timely fashion, resulting in our client's catastrophic injuries."
The suit alleges that there was an area of the track that was defective, which led to the accident. The claim is that Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack was aware of the poor condition of the surface and did not fix it, according to the report.
In the chain-reaction accident, Coletta was driving a horse and it fell. As a result, Coletta was catapulted forward and then trampled by another horse.
Coletta suffered a permanent brain injury and is "incapacitated" and living in a rehabilitation facility, according to Philly.com
His attorneys also plan to file an official complaint against Harrah's at a later date.
The situation is further complicated because Harrah's reportedly has failed to address concerns about the track condition and its harness racing license has been suspended. Harrah's casino license is tied to it having horse racing.
The season doesn't start until March, and the state and Harrah's are continuing to meet to address issues regarding the track's quality, Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach told Philly.com.
Lawrence Kelly, the attorney for Harrah's, declined to comment because, he said, the matter is still being litigated, according to the report.