Macer family files civil charges against driver

Published 12:25 am Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The family of Lorne Wayne Macer is seeking punitive damages in the 15-year-old’s death in May of 2016.

Dothan attorneys Blaine C. Stevens and Benjamin A. Irwin of Cherry & Irwin, P.C., filed the case in Covington County Circuit Court on behalf of Macer’s father, Lorne Justin Macer, administrator of the estate, against James Williamson.

Macer was traveling north on U.S. 29, and had brought his 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle to a complete stop prior to making a left turn onto Lee Lane, according to the accident report filed by Alabama State Troopers. According to the report, Macer was struck by a 2008 Ford Expedition driven by Williamson, 54, of Andalusia. Williamson also was traveling north on U.S. 29, seconds behind Macer.

No criminal charges have been filed in the case.

In the suit, the plaintiff claims Williamson was negligent in failing to see the decedent prior to the collision. It also alleges that the defendant was guilty of distracted driving and failed to see Macer’s motorcycle stopped in the roadway ahead of him. Both charges are in violation of the Rules of the Road as codified in Title 32 of the Code of Alabama (1975), according to the suit.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Ben Bowden.