2 years after falling off JFX, Teresa Rigby still out of work, still fighting civil case

BALTIMORE - A Baltimore Police officer who fell off the JFX following an accident on the highway still has not returned to work, nearly two years after the wreck.  Teresa Rigby, according to her attorney, is still dealing with injuries associated with the crash, which occurred June 21, 2011.  After responding for a disabled car on Interstate 83, Rigby was standing in the northbound lanes when a car struck her cruiser and sent her over a retaining wall and onto the ground below. 

In April 2012, Rigby filed a civil lawsuit in Baltimore City Circuit Court against the driver of the car, 24-year-old Robert Vanderford, of Gunpowder.  Lawrence Archambeault, who court records show lists the same address as Vanderford, is also named as a defendant.  The complaint shows Rigby is asking for $15 million, to cover extensive medical costs.  

Rigby's attorney, Mitch Gordon, tells ABC2 the lawsuit is still in progress, with attorneys hashing out the question of applicable insurance coverage in the case.  A separate motion seeking a declaratory judgment in the case was filed late last year.

Vanderford was found guilty of failing to control speed to avoid a collision, failure to reduce speed in dangerous weather and driving in excess of reasonable and prudent speed.  He was fined $130.

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