The attorney for a father of four whose right leg was severed as he tried to help a victim in a Boynton Beach car crash has filed a lawsuit against the driver who police say hit his client.
Fort Lauderdale attorney Hyram M. Montero filed the complaint in Palm Beach County Circuit Civil Court Wednesday on behalf of Angel Soto and his wife, Eileen Otero Soto.
“The bottom line is that, as the complaint states, the action and inactions of the defendant in this case caused Angel to lose his right leg in this accident,” Montero said.
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Soto lost his leg Monday night. After witnessing the horrifying injury, Soto’s wife held him in his arms and the two spoke of their love for each other and their four children.
Soto remained conscious and was rushed to Delray Medical Center, where he was recovering in the intensive care unit Wednesday, Montero said.
“He’s an inspiration to be around, to be quite honest with you,” said Montero, who visited Soto.
The lawsuit does not specify a dollar amount being sought by the Sotos, but Montero said that, in general, cases in which a victim loses a limb result in damage claims that run into the millions.
The suit alleges that Porsche driver David E. Plotkin acted in a “careless and negligent manner” while driving his 2001 Porsche 911, causing Soto’s injury.
It also cites the anticipated losses that Soto’s wife will suffer.
“This creates a paradigm shift in the relationship,” Montero said, saying that little will be the same for the Soto family in the future.
Soto, 36, of Boynton Beach, worked as a security guard while his wife was a stay-at-home mom, Montero said. He described Soto as an active dad who often played sports with his four kids.
Plotkin, 27, of Boynton Beach, couldn’t be reached for comment. He hadn’t yet responded to the suit, Montero said.
Asked about the quick filing of the claim, Montero said the facts surrounding Soto’s injury seem “quite clear.”
Charges were pending the outcome of the investigation, said Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. As of Wednesday, no charges had been filed, Slater said.
According to police and witnesses, Angel Soto stopped to assist a driver involved in a collision on Old Boynton Road just west of Congress Avenue on Monday night around 9:30.
Soto ran over to one of the two pickup trucks involved in the crash, a Nissan Titan. He found Alexander Proscurshim, 26, of Boynton Beach, bleeding from the head. Soto pulled Proscurshim away from the smoking pickup truck. The driver of the other truck, Virgilio Aguirre, 55, was OK.
That’s when a Porsche driven by Plotkin approached, police said.
According to Proscurshim, the Porsche plowed into the Titan’s passenger side. Police said the car pushed the Titan eastbound, severing Soto’s right leg and breaking his left foot. Plotkin immediately stopped his car and ran over to Soto, police said.
The Sotos were still dealing with Angel Soto’s recovery Wednesday and wouldn’t be available to comment, Montero said.
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