A 45-year-old woman is suing a 13-year-old boy in New Jersey because she believes he intentionally threw a baseball at her face, the Asbury Park Press reported.
Two years ago, Matthew Migliaccio was helping the pitcher of his Little League team in Manchester, N.J., for which he was a catcher, with his bullpen session. When he overthrew the ball, Matthew hit Elizabeth Lloyd in the face, causing multiple fractures.
Lloyd, who was at the game to watch her son, is now seeking $500,000 in damages for permanent injury she has suffered, according to the Asbury Park Press. She believes the teen intentionally hit her.
A court date has not been set yet.
“He throws his best fastball over the bullpen into the picnic area, striking my client in the face,” Riaz A. Mian, Lloyd’s attorney, told the Asbury Park Press. “Life is now different for my client.”
Matthew, a Yankees fan, insisted it was not intentional.
“I ran over to see if she was all right,” Matthew told the Asbury Park Press. “She said she was OK. I was just on with warming the pitcher up, and I was not horsing around.”
Anthony Pagano, the Migliaccio family’s attorney, said the lawsuit is frivolous.
“The litigation itself is disgusting,” Pagano said. “Because a kid was throwing a baseball in a bullpen session, he is forced to retain counsel.”
Bob Migliaccio, Matthew’s father, said Matthew, who plays on three different teams, is obsessed with baseball.
“Baseball is his thing,” Migliaccio told the Asbury Park Press. “He is always out there playing, he loves it. I don’t want that to change because of this.”