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Aug 7, 2012 4:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Civil Suit Pending Against East Quogue Teen Involved In Crash That Killed Cameron Nicholls

Aug 8, 2012 8:24 AM

Although a judge dismissed criminal charges filed against an East Quogue teen who crashed into a parked car last June, killing his 18-year-old passenger, Cameron Nicholls, just hours after his high school graduation, a wrongful death civil lawsuit is still pending in the matter.

Last month, a Suffolk County Court judge dismissed all criminal charges against the driver, Taylor Geib, now 18, ruling that although Mr. Geib was “unquestionably blameworthy” for the June 2011 accident, the “crash was, as a matter of law, the result of noncriminal failure to perceive a risk,” according to a copy of the ruling.

Thomas Keegan Jr., the attorney for Stephanie and David Nicholls, the Mr. Nicholls’s parents, said last week that the dismissal of the charges would have no bearing on the civil suit against Mr. Geib and his mother, Jody Geib.

“That decision does not have one iota of an effect on the lawsuit that we have pending,” Mr. Keegan said. “And the fact that the indictment was dismissed based on the very demanding technical requirements of a criminal prosecution is absolutely no indication that Taylor Geib did not do each and every one of the acts that are charged and are alleged in our lawsuit. And we intend to prosecute this suit to a conclusion and prove, without any doubt whatsoever, that he did, in fact, do those acts.”

The suit, which was filed on October 19, 2011, in Suffolk County Supreme Court, alleges that Mr. Geib “was negligent in operating, maintaining and controlling his vehicle in a careless, reckless and imprudent manner,” and that the wrongful death of Mr. Nicholls was the result of the negligence. The civil lawsuit also claims that Mr. Geib’s mother, who declined to comment this week, was negligent in the care and maintenance of the vehicle that her son was driving.

The suit does not specify how much the Nicholls family is seeking in damages, though it does ask the court to order punitive damages in the case.

Ms. Nicholls also declined to comment on the suit, instead referring all questions to her attorney.

Authorities said that Mr. Geib was headed south on Lewis Road, near the intersection of Mitchell Place, in East Quogue at around 11:15 p.m. on June 26, 2011, when he lost control of his car, veered into the northbound lane, returned back into his lane, and continued onto a front lawn before overturning and colliding with a 2006 BMW that was parked in the driveway of a nearby home.

Mr. Geib originally faced charges of criminally negligent homicide, failure to maintain his lane and speeding. He was also originally charged by Southampton Town Police with DWI, but that charge was dropped last July, several weeks after the accident, when toxicology results revealed that he had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.

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