FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A New York man is being sued by the parents of a Fort Lauderdale woman they say died while on a date with him on a borrowed motorcycle. Her body was run over multiple times on Interstate 95.
Jennifer Amy St. Clair met Miles McChesney on an online dating site called Tinder. For their first date on Dec. 6, they joined two other couples for a group motorcycle ride aboard Harley-Davidsons to visit three bars in downtown Delray Beach, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Broward County civil court.
McChesney is accused in the lawsuit of being impaired by alcohol and of negligently driving the motorcycle, a 2001 Harley-Davidson Road King, causing St. Clair to fall off.
McChesney stopped briefly, but drove away without helping her, the lawsuit alleges.
St. Clair, 33, who worked as a server in restaurants and lived in Fort Lauderdale, was found dead in the southbound lanes of I-95 in Pompano Beach.
“We believe she was struck by as many as nine vehicles,” said Todd Falzone, the attorney for St. Clair’s parents, Becky St. Clair and Robert Burns.
Falzone said Friday that McChesney, 34, of Schenectady, N.Y., was visiting a cousin in Fort Lauderdale when he met their daughter.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and has not named McChesney in connection with St. Clair’s death.
“The only thing we can confirm is that she was a passenger on a motorcycle and ended up on the roadway,” FHP Lt. Alvaro Feola said Friday. “FHP is still investigating how she ended up on the roadway.”
McChesney retained attorney Russell Cormican in regard to the FHP investigation.
“It was a tragic event, but I’m unable to comment at this time because I haven’t seen the lawsuit yet,” Cormican said.
The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday St. Clair suffered multiple blunt force injuries, but the manner of death — how she died — was not determined by the autopsy examination. Toxicology test results were pending.
“The lawsuit is to help us subpoena witnesses and to compel testimony,” Falzone said. He declined to say the sources of the information his law firm’s investigation has found so far that the lawsuit is based upon.
McChesney had borrowed the motorcycle that night, Falzone said, and the owner of the Harley, John E. Lewis, also is being sued on a charge of negligence. A message left for Lewis was not immediately returned.
On Saturday, a celebration of St. Clair’s life will be held at Scarano Funeral Home in Davie.