Father files lawsuit against injured Rockland boy's grandmother
Rockland — The father of a Rockland 5-year-old who suffered severe injury to his hand in an accident June 26 has filed a lawsuit against the boy's grandmother accusing her of negligence, according to a document filed at Knox County Superior Court.
Anthony Pignone of Dennis, Mass., filed the lawsuit July 17 against Sharon Setz.
The lawsuit states that Pignone is the father of the injured boy, Noah Keene, and his twin brother.
Setz issued a statement saying:
"My heart is understandably heavy over the lawsuit. My greatest fear is that this lawsuit will take my time and attention off helping my grandsons on their long, long road to recovery. This was indeed a tragic accident. It is hard not to feel responsible emotionally when something of this magnitude happens on 'your watch.' Having my alleged 'negligence' written out in a court summons has been very difficult, but I believe I have put it in perspective. This community has rallied around each member of my family with love and support. I am grateful for it and will continue to focus on it. I would like to clarify that there was no other vehicle or object involved in this accident... the jump rope was dropped out the window unbeknownced to me, as I sat at the red light. When I engaged the truck, I unwittingly ran over it."
The Courier-Gazette attempted July 26 to contact Pignone's attorney Daniel Kagan of Lewiston for comment on the lawsuit, but he could not be reached immediately.
On June 26, Noah Keene was a passenger in the back seat of Setz's Dodge pickup truck, playing with a jump rope as she drove along Main Street in Rockland. The boy had tied the rope around his wrist and the other end was out the window. When the vehicle drove over the rope it pulled taut severing his hand.
Keene has had surgery to re-attach his hand at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Meanwhile the Rockland community has rallied around the family, raising more than $30,000 to help them pay their medical bills.
In the lawsuit, Pignone, through his attorney, argues Setz acted negligently in her care and supervision of his two sons that day.
"Noah Keene was caused to suffer painful and permanent physical injury, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment life (sic), potential loss of earning capacity, and substantial medical expenses have been expended to treat him for his injuries."
The lawsuit also states that Keene's brother experienced emotional trauma in witnessing the accident.
Pignone is demanding a judgment of compensatory damages, interest, costs and such other and further relief as the court deems just, according to the lawsuit.