Thomas Timko’s 11-year-old daughter Kaitlyn is suing him for trauma she sustained after he made an obscene hand gesture at motorist Christian Squilliacotti. Squillaciotti, a former Marine who has also been diagnosed wtih schizophrenia, responded by firing four bullets at Timko’s car, one hitting Thomas Timko in the head. Timko suffered permanent brain damage and was left with a disfiguring scar and large medical debts. Kaitlyn’s mother, Lori Hardwerk, says she’s never psychologically recovered from the 2008 incident.
Squillaciotti was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and weapons charges and is currently serving a 13- to 26-year jail term, but was not named in the lawsuit because he has no assets, and his insurance would not apply because the shooting was intentional. Kaitlyn’s claim is based on the foreseeability of harm due to her father’s display of road rage. Despite the legal wrangling, father and daughter still have visitation and handle the situation by not discussing it.