Comair First Officer Named In Crash Suit
First Officer James Polehinke, the lone survivor of the Comair Flight 5191 crash, is among those named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of the family of a Florida man who died in the crash. In a news release, lawyer Stephen Marks, who has won a number of multimillion-dollar settlements in airplane crash suits, said he tried to keep Polehinke out of the case directly but he was unable to come to terms with his insurance company. The suit also names Comair and was filed in Broward County, where Polehinke lives, but it wasn’t done that way for his convenience. Marks said awards in this type of suit are typically higher in Florida than in other states. The damages are being sought under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act and Marks says the verdict could be a major hit for Comair insurer U.S. Aviation Insurance Group. Marks is representing the family of Charles Lykins, 46, of Naples, Fla., who was supposed to be on a later flight but switched to Flight 5191 to get home earlier to see his wife, Karen, and his two small children, aged seven and five.