The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today’s winner is Tomas Delgado. He gets the award for the following.

MADRID, Spain (AP) — A speeding motorist who killed a teenage cyclist is suing the boy’s parents over damage to his luxury car, the government says.

Enaitz Iriondo, 17, died instantly in August 2004 when businessman Tomas Delgado’s Audi A8 crashed into him at 100 mph near Haro in northern Spain, an Interior Ministry traffic report said. The speed limit was 55 mph.

Iriondo was not wearing reflective clothing or a helmet, the ministry report said. As the sun had set when he crossed the path of Delgado’s car from a side road, a regional court found both parties at fault and closed the case, the report said.

Delgado, whose insurance company paid Iriondo’s parents $48,500 in compensation for their son’s life, filed a suit in late 2006 to recover $29,400 in damages to his car and car rental costs, the ministry traffic report said.

“It’s the only way I have to claim my money back,” Delgado was quoted as saying by the newspaper El Pais, which first reported the story on Friday. El Pais said a ruling was expected next week.

In my opinion, you can file Senor Delgado’s lawsuit under C for Chutzpah. He was doing almost twice the speed limit, breaking the law, and if he hadn’t killed the 17-year-old, the chances are he’d crashed the car into something else. Going to sue the maker of the stop sign now?

Don’t know about you, but Tomas Delgado’s lawsuit earns him today’s Knucklehead of the Day.

Hat tip- Overlawyered

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