Son sues his own MUM after she drunkenly crashed her car into him when picking him up from a party – leaving the 17-year-old with life-changing injuries
- Harley Martlew is seeking damages after his mother ran into him in 2017
- Danielle Martlew was drink-driving when she picked up her son from a party
- Mr Martlew suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries, including a broken leg and arm
- His compensation claim said his injuries prevent him working as a builder
A son who was run over by his mother when she drunkenly tried to pick him after a party is now suing her.
Harley Martlew is seeking damages in the Victoria Supreme Court against his mother Danielle after he was badly injured when she ran him down Traralgon, two hours east of Melbourne, in February 2017.
She had responded to a call from her then 17-year-old son to pick him up from a party at 2.30am in the morning.
Harley Martlew was hospitalised with head injuries, a broken leg and broken arm after his mother ran into him in Traralgon in February 2017
Mr Martlew with his partner. He is suing his mother for damages, claiming the injuries he sustained in the accident prevent him pursuing a career as a builder
Supreme Court documents show Ms Martlew was four times over the blood-alcohol limit when she went to collect her son, the Herald-Sun reported.
She had a blood-alcohol content between .199 and .222 when she crashed into her son on a Traralgon street and was reportedly also ‘stressed and upset’ after receiving a text message from her former partner.
Ms Martlew was told her son was up ahead in the middle of the road after she asked pedestrians for his whereabouts, before she sped off in search of him.
Mr Martlew sustained head injuries, a broken leg and broken arm after his mother ran into him.
He underwent two surgeries on his arm after a metal plate inserted into the arm snapped.
In December 2017, Ms Martlew was convicted in the County Court for drink-driving, refusing a breath test and negligence causing serious injury.
Now 21, Mr Harley is seeking damages over the ‘life-changing’ injuries which prevent him from working as a builder.
His lawyer said Mr Harley was physically restricted by problems with lifting, bending and squatting, despite now working as a mechanic.
‘The injuries that Mr Martlew suffered were preventable – the negligence of the driver means that our client has suffered life-changing physical and mental damage which will have a significant impact on his future,’ reads his statement of claim.
Despite the court action between son and mother, Ms Martlew’s Facebook features loving photos of Harley with his partner and newborn child.