The estate of Conrad H. Roy III is seeking at least $4.2 million in lost wages and damages against Michelle Carter, a 20-year-old Plainville woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter in his death, according to court documents.
The civil action in Dedham Superior Court was brought by Lynn Roy as the representative for her 18-year-old son’s estate and was filed July 7, court records say. The action was filed in Dedham because Carter lives in Plainville, which is in Norfolk County.
“The Roys are not a vindictive family,” said Eric Goldman, whose Boston law firm represents the family. “They are looking for something to memorialize and to remember their son and to help others.”
Lots of possibilities have been discussed on how any proceeds from the lawsuit would be used, such as suicide awareness efforts, the attorney said.
Lynn Roy is also seeking monetary damages for Carter’s “negligence and/or wanton and reckless conduct” that resulted in Conrad H. Roy III’s death; Roy’s conscious pain and suffering; and punitive damages due to Carter’s “willful, wanton, reckless and/or grossly negligent conduct”; as well as the $4.2 million in lost wages.
The lost wages are what the family is estimating Roy would have made during his lifetime; Roy obtained his captain’s license from Northeast Maritime Institute, according to court documents.
Carter provided “instruction and assistance” on how Roy could kill himself; she encouraged him to do it even though she knew of his past suicide attempts and psychological problems; “ordered” him to get back in the vehicle and either she knew or should have known about the “significant risk of death”; and she failed to act and contact authorities or his family, according to court documents.
Carter was convicted in June of encouraging Roy to commit suicide on July 13, 2014, in the parking lot of the former Kmart in Fairhaven. Judge Lawrence Moniz found Carter’s actions were wanton and reckless when she told Roy “to get back” in the truck, which was filling with carbon monoxide, after he got out of the vehicle and they talked on the phone.
She was sentenced Thursday in Taunton Juvenile Court to 2½ years in the Bristol County House of Correction with 15 months to be served and the remaining 15 months to be suspended in favor of five years’ probation.
However, Moniz stayed the sentence until after Carter’s appeal in state appellate courts.
The civil suit came to light during Thursday’s sentencing when the judge told Carter that she was to have no contact with the Roy family while the sentence is stayed except for discussions regarding the lawsuit. The judge also issued an order that Carter was not to profit in anyway from her actions.
Carter’s attorney, Joseph P. Cataldo, could not be reached Friday for comment.
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