Grocery shopper claims electric cart bucked him off, sues Kroger

Carol Ostrow May 26, 2015, 11:36am


A Galveston County man brought a lawsuit against Kroger, claiming an electric cart bucked him off into the air.

Peter J. Noonan of Galveston filed against The Kroger Co. of Cincinnati in Galveston County District Court May 18, claiming injuries in a May 2013 incident.

Noonan was shopping at the Kroger store’s 5713 Seawall location in Galveston on May 16, 2013, according to the suit.

The complaint states that as Noonan was picking up sliced chicken at the delicatessen, when an electric cart on which he was riding allegedly bolted forward, threw him off balance and into the air. He states that he then hit a bread stand and fell to the floor, striking his tailbone.

With his wife’s help, Noonan left the store, according to the suit, informing an employee of the incident on the way out; and checked into a hospital for treatment of spinal pain. The plaintiff states that he was diagnosed with three ruptured discs and hospitalized for six days, allegedly incurring medical bills of $122,000.

Noonan cites a second, undated incident in the same filing involving vandalism and theft of items in his car, including computer equipment and purportedly valuable documents related to a previous identity theft allegedly committed against him.

Citing pain and suffering, grievous harm and tortuous interference, the plaintiff seeks the court’s acceptance of his petition and punitive action for an unspecified amount.

No legal representation is indicated in the grievance.

Galveston County District Court case number 15-CV-0492.

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