In 2008, Thomas Timko, moron-at-large, cut-off another car on a Philadelphia road, then gave the other drive the middle-finger salute. Turns out he cut off the wrong guy.
On the receiving end of the cut-off was Christian Squillaciotti, who’s been described everywhere else as a “schizophrenic ex-Marine.” As you can imagine, the incident on the road didn’t end well. Squillaciotti ended up firing a gun at Timko’s car, hitting Timko in the head, but missing his then-eight year old daughter Kaitlyn in the back seat.
Timko was left with brain damage, and Squillaciotti was arrested for two counts of attempted murder, plus some other weapons-related stuff. Kaitlyn Timko was left with post-traumatic stress.
Thomas Timko and his wife split in 2009, and now, with his ex-wife’s help, Kaitlyn is suing her father for starting a chain of events that led to her complete change of character. Kaitlyn, along with her PTSD, is having trouble at school and gets anxious about visits with her father.
So the issue at large is: to what extent is Thomas Timko directly responsible for his daughter’s current emotional instability? There’s good points on both sides of the argument – on one hand, no one could have foreseen that cutting someone off (or even flipping them off) would lead to a shooting, and thus, even if Timko is a moron for doing so, isn’t liable for the more severe results – Squillaciotti is. On the other hand, Timko is an adult and a father and should reasonably understand that cutting-off and flipping-off a stranger on the road can lead to anything. And, of course, as a father, you think ahead and try not to put your kid in any situation that could escalate to an unsafe level. If you’ve got your precious cargo in the back seat, frankly, you should be driving like a boy scout. Not that boy scouts are old enough to drive.
The other issue – why is the daughter not suing the man that shot her father? Is this where the ex-wife comes into the situation? Is it a “smart move” for the mother to use the daughter to sue the father, or is that as suspicious as it sounds, all things being equal?