$136M lottery winner sued for ‘dooring’ cyclist
New York Post, By Lia Eustachewich
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Anthony Perosi Jr. wasn’t the only one who got lucky when he scored a $136 million Powerball win — so did a bicyclist who got doored by his pickup.
The Staten Island plumber is being sued by Kieran Del Pasqua, who says he was sent flying when Perosi opened the door of his Ford F150 in a bike lane in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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The 40-year-old Internet exec had no chance to stop in the May 27 accident and slammed into the door, his Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit says.
He required surgery and now has screws in his elbow, the suit says.
Now he is going after Perosi, 56, who got a $39 million lump-sum payout after taxes.
“Lottery winners may feel and act carefree, but like the rest of us, they still owe a duty of reasonable care for the safety of their fellow citizens,” said Del Pasqua’s attorney, David MacCartney.
“Good luck is no substitute for careful driving and responsible behavior.”
Del Pasqua filed the suit five days after Perosi’s lottery win was announced, but MacCartney said his client had no idea at the time.
He wouldn’t say how much money Del Pasqua is asking for, but noted he could go after the $16 million cut the plumber gave to his son, Anthony III.
Del Pasqua, a design director for the music-streaming service Spotify, hasn’t been back to work since the crash and faces an uphill battle to regain use of both arms, MacCartney said.
Days after the crash, Del Pasqua’s wife, Sandra Fransen, called Perosi to get information for an accident report.
Perosi acknowledged opening the door on Del Pasqua but “scoffed” at his injuries, telling Fransen he “barely left a scratch on my door,” court papers say.
Perosi also hung up on police when they called for the same information, the suit says.
Del Pasqua declined to comment. Perosi didn’t respond to messages.
Anthony III said he knew nothing about it.
“What he does is his own business,” he said.