Man charged in fatal accident sued for injuring others in previous crash

Virginia Beach, Va. – Court documents reveal a man charged in the deadly crash that killed a Virginia Beach mother and her daughter has been sued for causing “serious and permanent injury” to a woman during a 2009 Virginia Beach crash.

The $100,000 lawsuit was filed in Chesapeake Circuit court in 2010, and was settled out of court in 2011.  Records in the lawsuit obtained by NewsChannel 3 said Lyness’ reckless driving in an October 2009 accident left her “permanently disabled.”  Lyness disputed those claims.

Court records also reveal that before last week’s crash, Lyness’ left arm and leg were amputated.  Records for a dismissed DUI in Chesapeake said he stated that “he was taking prescription medications Lyrica and Zypreza. He stated that he had an amputated left arm, an amputated left leg, a spinal injury and that his right leg had been broken in several places.

“He called for small children that were not present. At the hospital he stated “if anything is wrong with my truck, I’m going to blow that (expletive) building up,” court documents read.  A Chesapeake judge dismissed the DUI charge.

NewsChannel 3 has learned that in addition to Lyness’ convictions for causing accidents, driving with a suspended license and inhaling drugs, he is facing trial in Chesapeake later this month for trying to steal three shopping carts from a Food Lion on Yadkin Road to sell them for scrap metal.

Court records also reveal Lyness wants to be released from the Virginia Beach jail on bond.  He has a hearing set for Thursday morning.

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