Civil lawsuit filed in woman killed outside Richmond hotel

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- A multi-million dollar lawsuit is filed in Richmond Civil Court, by the husband of the woman killed outside of a downtown Richmond hotel, allegedly by a valet driver for that hotel.

A VCU grad, an aspiring journalist and a wife. That's exactly how family members remember Josephine Stone. Stone was killed last October, walking on the Fifth Street sidewalk outside the Hilton Garden Inn. Police say hotel valet driver, Paul Gray Junior, hit and killed her.

Court documents say that gray pulled out of the driver of the hotel and instead of turning onto the street, he turned left down the sidewalk and ran right into Josephine.

Now, comes this four page civil lawsuit. In it -- Stone's husband, John, lays out the pain, sorrow and anguish he's been dealing. Stone died just a few days before their wedding anniversary.

The suit says Josephine Stone's death was a direct result of the negligence, recklessness and a conscious disregard for her rights and safety. The total amount wanted: more than 12 million dollars.

Among those named in the suit is the Hilton Garden Inn. And the valet company employed at the hotel.

The Hilton released this statement, saying, "We deeply regret the tragic loss of any life especially this promising young person. We continue to work with the third party operator, parking management services, on this matter and will continue to cooperate with local authorities as we have done since this tragic accident. We continue to keep the stone family and friends in our thoughts and prayers."

Gray is facing a involuntary manslaughter charge as well. That is set to go to a trial on May 25th.

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