Gulf Shores parade lawsuit continues

Motion to discuss one complaint denied


GULF SHORES – One of the lawsuits over injuries sustained in a 2017 Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade is continuing after a judge rejected a motion to dismiss the case, the lawyer for the families filing the complaint said.

Twelve students from Gulf Shores were injured when an SUV struck them before the beginning of the parade, according to reports at the time. A Baldwin County grand jury later determined that no criminal charges would be filed, but several civil lawsuits were later filed.

Baldwin County Circuit Judge Scott Taylor rejected a motion for summary judgment filed by defendant Bridgette Reynolds, according to a statement by Beasley Allen, a law firm representing one of the Gulf Shores High School students injured in the incident.

“An event that was supposed to be fun came to a quick and disastrous end because of Ms. Reynolds’ obvious disregard for the band members and others’ safety,” said Beasley Allen attorney Mike Crow. “We are pleased that our client and other band members can continue seeking justice and accountability through the justice system.”

The vehicle, driven by Larry Rathbun, 73, struck the band injuring the students, the statement said.

Reynolds and another city of Gulf Shores employee, Erica Bassett, were in charge of organizing and overseeing the event.

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