Is nothing sacred in South Florida?
An 84-year-old monk and his 800-year-old Catholic Order of the Capuchin are getting sued in a Broward County circuit court after a car crash that injured a motorist.
Monk Myron Kowalsky, who’s semi-retired in the Fort Lauderdale area after more than 60 years at the service of his Detroit-based order, allegedly cut off plaintiff Michael Whelan at a busy Wilton Manors intersection in May 2015.
Wearing his tradition brown robe, Kowalsky turned left in front of Whelan, who had the right-of-way as he drove straight across, the paperwork reads.
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“At his deposition, the defendant didn’t seem to understand that rule,” said Sam Coffey, the attorney who reps Whelan.
According to his complaint, Whelan suffered “aggravation to a previously existing condition,” among other injuries, although they’re not described.
Kowalsky, who was at the wheel of a Chevy owned by the order, was not injured.
A monk who made a vow of poverty in a Chevy?
According to the order’s website, Capuchin monks’ “will to serve faithfully is sustained by our living a chaste, communal life. Morning praise, evening thanksgiving, and regular Eucharist are staples of our community prayer … By choise, our lifestyle is simple, but don’t confuse simple with harsh.”
The good news is, paperwork in the lawsuit seem to indicate a settlement is getting worked on.
The monk’s lawyer didn’t return a call for comment.