SUV driver who struck teen on bike suing dead boy, family

Brandon Majewski died after being hit by a car while riding his bike on Oct. 28, 2012. (Supplied)

Brandon Majewski died after being hit by a car while riding his bike on Oct. 28, 2012. (Supplied)

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:46 PM ET

BARRIE, Ont. — Still in the throes of agony after an SUV struck and killed their bike-riding son, the parents of young Brandon Majewski are now reeling after they learned the driver is suing their dead child.

“I feel like someone kicked me in the stomach — I’m over the edge,” the dead boy’s father Derek Majewski said.

Brandon, a spunky and handsome 17-year-old bike enthusiast, was out with two buddies at around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2012, when they hopped on their bicycles to go for hotdogs.

Not long after, an SUV crashed into the boys, killing Brandon and badly injuring his friend Richard McLean, 16, who suffered a broken pelvis and other serious injuries. His other pal Jake Roberts, 16, received only scratches.

Now the driver of the SUV, Sharlene Simon, a mother of three, is suing the dead boy for the emotional trauma she says the crash has caused her. She’s also suing the two other boys, as well as the dead boy’s parents, and even his brother, who has since died. She’s also suing the County of Simcoe, located north of Toronto, for failing to maintain the road.



A shot of the scene on Innisfil Beach Road where Brandon Majewski, 17, died after being struck by a vehicle Oct. 28, 2012. (Zach MacPherson/QMI Agency File Photo)


Even the family’s lawyer is in shock.

“In all of my years as a lawyer, I have never seen anyone ever sue a child that they killed,” Brian Cameron said. “It’s beyond the pale.”

Brandon’s mother, Venetta Mlynczyk, said she’s devastated.

“She killed my child and now she wants to profit from it? She says she’s in pain? Tell her to look inside my head and she will see pain, she will see panic, she will see nightmares.”

Simon’s statement of claim says the boys were negligent.

“They did not apply their brakes properly,” the claim states. “They were incompetent bicyclists.”

Simon’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

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