Elizabeth Lloyd was sitting at a picnic table near a fenced-in Little League bullpen watching her son play when she was struck in the face with a baseball. The culprit? A then-11-year-old bullpen catcher named Matthew Migliaccio who was warming up a pitcher.
The incident happened in May 2010, and Lloyd, 45, says she has had to have reconstructive surgery and continues to suffer from headaches. She's seeking $500,000 in damages, and her attorney, Riaz A. Mian, says it's because she was unable to reach an insurance settlement.
According to the lawsuit, Lloyd contends Matthew intentionally struck her, causing permanent injuries.
"He throws his best fast ball over the bullpen into the picnic area, striking my client in the face," Mian said. "Life is now different for my client."
A spokesman for the Manchester (N.J.) Little League said leagues have insurance, but that it doesn't cover spectators. An attorney for Migliaccio's family called the lawsuit "frivolous" and said, "In your face, lady!"*
* He didn't actually say this.