Craig Conover combatting lawsuit after hitting a cyclist

‘Southern Charm’ Star Craig Conover Sued Over ‘Negligent’ Driving, Hitting Bicyclist

Southern Charm star Craig Conover is experiencing some serious ups and downs lately. The day before he got his South Carolina bar results indicating that he passed, he also received notice of a civil lawsuit stemming from a 2014 accident where he hit a man on a bicycle in Downton Charleston. Although the man had refused medical care at the scene, he is now suing Craig for his injuries as well as his suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Even though Southern Charm’s Conover passed the bar, he isn’t handling this suit himself in Charleston civil court. Instead, he has hired Matt Mason of Mason and Bickel law firm in Charleston, reports the Inquisitr. Craig Conover had been the object of a lot of ribbing on Southern Charm over the years, as it turned out that he hadn’t really ever graduated from law school and was ineligible to sit for the bar. Southern Charm co-star Shep Rose said that Conover lied to him and even went as far as putting together his packet to take the exam, deceiving Shep in the process. But after Craig was found out on the Southern Charm reunion last year, Craig buckled down, finished law school, and took the bar exam in February.

It is important to mention that Southern Charm star Conover, the defendant in the civil suit, was not intoxicated or impaired in any way when he backed out of a driveway and struck the man operating the bicycle. Craig’s car, a 2007 Mercury Milan with Delaware plates, was said to be backing out of a driveway on Bogard Street when he struck Charleston resident Corey Hamilton, who was riding his bike at 8:30 a.m. on April 28, 2014.

The car involved in the incident can be seen in Season 1 of Southern Charm, and the Delaware plates indicate that the car was registered at the home of Craig’s parents in Fenwick, Delaware. The filing details what was going on at the time of the collision.

It reads that Mr. Hamilton was riding in a generally straight line and that it was clear outside.

“That while riding his bicycle in this manner Mr. Hamilton was struck by Craig Conover as he backed out of the driveway.”


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However, a report from the time of the accident states that Corey Hamilton was wearing dark clothing and had no reflective gear or illumination on his bicycle at the time of the incident. Although Hamilton’s filing claims that Southern Charm star Craig Conover was negligent at the time of the accident, Craig had taken preventative measures as he pulled out of the driveway.

“[Craig Conover] stopped and used a horn to gain attention during the backing procedure and was unable to see (Hamilton).”

The Charleston police in a report said that Corey Hamilton refused care from EMS at the time of the accident and that both parties contributed to the collision.

But it seems Corey Hamilton does not agree that he played a part in the crash because he wants the Southern Charm star to pay his medical bills and his pain and suffering.

“Plaintiff has suffered injuries that have caused, and may in the future cause, Plaintiff to incur one of more of the following elements of damage: a. physical pain; b. suffering; c. loss of enjoyment of life; and d. medical expenses.”

But it doesn’t seem as if Corey Hamilton is going after Craig because of his Southern Charm celebrity because he is only seeking $7,500.

Despite the rough patch that Craig and his live-in girlfriend Naomie Olindo are going through on Southern Charm, the couple is still together, and Craig will have Naomie by his side while he defends himself against this civil filing.

What would you do if you were in the same situation as Craig from Southern Charm? Would you hire a lawyer or defend yourself in court?

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