The Truth About Freddie Gray’s ‘Pre-Existing Injury from Car Accident’

Mark Puente and Doug Donovan, Baltimore Sun, April 29, 2015

Online reports are swirling that Freddie Gray had spinal surgery shortly before he died in police custody, and had collected a payout in a settlement from a car accident. Those reports–which raise questions about the injury that led to his death in April 19–point to Howard County court records as proof.

But court records examined Wednesday by The Baltimore Sun show the case had nothing to do with a car accident or a spine injury. Instead, they are connected to a lawsuit alleging that Gray and his sister were injured by exposure to lead paint.

Paperwork was filed in December allowing Gray and his sister, Fredericka to each collect an $18,000 payment from Peachtree Settlement Funding, records show. In exchange, Peachtree would have received a $108,439 annuity that was scheduled to be paid in $602 monthly installments between 2024 and 2039.

In her documents, Fredericka Gray checked “other” when asked to describe the type of accident. She also said that the date of the accident was “94/99” and that she was a minor when the case was settled.

In his documents, Freddie Gray checked “work injury, medical malpractice and auto accident” as the type of accident. When asked to explain, he also wrote something that is unreadable. He also wrote something unreadable when asked if he was a minor when the case was settled.


A judge dismissed the case on April 2 when neither Gray nor his sister appeared in court, records show.


Baltimore attorney William H. “Billy” Murphy, who represents the Gray family, confirmed that the Howard County case was connected to the lead paint lawsuit.

Jason Downs, an attorney who is with Murphy’s firm and represents one of Gray’s relatives, said, “We have no information or evidence at this point to indicate that there is a prior pre-existing spinal injury. It’s a rumor.”



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  • Chip Carver

    Weren’t most people in the US “exposed” to lead paint while growing up? Just asking.

    • Lead poisoning doesn’t actually poison you if you receive a certain vitamin or mineral, can’t remember which one. But I do know that you don’t find it in the slop that you order out of a clown’s head at the 365BellCurve fast feeder.

      • John Smith

        Vitamin C, calcium and iron. They obviously need more gubmint cheese and all grape drink should be fortified with extra vitamins.

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      • puffdaddy

        Lead paint doesn’t poison you unless you eat it off the wall as an after school snack, and it would not be peeling off the walls if you maintained your home.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Just axing you mean.

      • Lexonaut

        We not mean. We white.

    • TruthBeTold

      The Romans used lead to sweeten wine and built an empire.

      That’s not to say that lead is safe to consume; it isn’t and it does cause long-term neurological damage.

      My point being that the concentration of lead expose was likely minimal.

      BTW, the lead-excuse is being revived as a reason for black failure.

      • AmericanRemnant

        Perhaps it’s genetics and they find lead paint irresistibly tasty?

        • John Smith

          It’s pretty and the “blingy” nature attracts them, just like how birds and monkeys are by shiny or colorful objects.

          • KyraNelson

            It was a component of house paint, silly. It chipped off when occupants opened and closed doors and windows. Lead dust then became airborne and was breathed in. I used to live in a 100 year-old Baltimore row house so I know all about it. My kids had elevated lead levels when we lived there and we got tired of the white trash neighborhood so we moved away.

          • John Smith

            Yes, paint chips in pretty colors are attractive to them and the niglets eat them.

          • KyraNelson

            It doesn’t have to be eaten. The lead is airborne. If your house was built before the 1970’s then you probably have lead paint in it. You’re thinking of the disease called Pica where kids actually eat the paint chips.

      • John Smith

        Lead pipes for their water too, hence the very word “plumbing.”

        • Alexandra1973

          Yep, in fact Pb is the symbol for lead.

    • Xerxes22

      It seems that Black kids have a habit of eating lead paint chips. White kids don’t do that. Those chips probably have a purple drank grape flavor put there by the evil White racists to destroy Black children.

      • how about this

        Hey, don’t make fun of purple drank. It is one of the great Black contributions to civilization. Distinguished Black orators even recite verse on the subject, like so:

        Purple drank — I’m’a grip and sip
        Anything illegal, you know I’ll flip
        I roll the slab with my pistol grip
        Diamonds shine from behind my lip
        I hit the club a hundred deep
        With a hundred sweets and a hundred freaks
        On the mic you can’t compete
        Cause Mike Jones is in the streets
        I’m grippin’ grain, switchin’ lanes
        Causin’ pain in the turnin’ lane
        In 7 months I’m runnin’ the game
        Just ask the streets what is my name?

        -Sir Michael Jones

    • H. Mueller

      My parents had never taught me that paint was something that was edible. I doubt if the negroes parent did either. I would guess that most of us, especially those who grew up in the 50s and 60s had lead paint in the houses that we lived in.

      In the early 70s, it became verboten to discuss the IQs of students or almost anyone. This was in large part due to the fact that negro IQs were an average of 85, one standard deviation below that of Whites. A standard deviation being 15. Also, until the early 70s, people were considered borderline retarded at an 85 IQ.

      Still, the behavioral problems and difficulties of the negro children in the schools had to be explained, in a way that would be politically correct. They could not say that they were born borderline retarded on average, so much of these mental shortages were laid at the blame of lead paint. We were told that the negro children ate lead paint chips like potato chips for snacks. We were told that millions of them did this and this was why they lagged behind.

  • Jaggers

    This whole thing is getting kind of funny, if you’ll forgive me for not adopting the reverent tone I’m supposed to have. So this kid filed a frivolous lawsuit in which the paperwork is unreadable, and then didn’t even show up to court. What else is going to come out?

    • Whitetrashgang

      We should all sue for lead poisoning ,after all that would explain our racism.

      • Lexonaut

        These days, when a black accuses white people of all being racists, i explain that our racism is the legacy of indentured servitude and therefore the accuser should cut us some slack.

    • evilsandmich

      Yup, got a winning ghetto lottery ticket and couldn’t be awoken from his stupor long enough to collect it.

  • jambi19

    Freddie and Fredericka. Something tells me the Baby Daddy was name Fred. If you want to laugh out of your chair at this moment google the following: “George Foreman children names.”

    • AmericanRemnant

      Not much memory is needed when all your children are named George.

      • John Smith

        Like the story of the black woman who had ten boys, all named “Leroy.” When asked how they knew which one she wanted, she stated “Den I calls dem by dey lass names.”

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        • Lexonaut

          Oh dear. Oh dear.

  • listenupbub

    I read this article at first and understood nothing. I read it again and realized that the reason I understood nothing is because the stuff is ludicrous. So this is another black family gaming the ghetto lottery, eh? Blacks are always suing, it is so irritating.

  • stonepillow

    Most of the lead poisoning afflicting Black children is inflicted by other Blacks in calibers ranging from .22 to .45.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Lead paint “poisoning”, one of many legal hustles.

  • John Smith

    I always wondered how little those settlement funding companies pay as a percentage, but when you consider the timeframe of the original payments, someone with a brain could invest it as a lump sum and do a bit better than the original total in 20 years. That said, it’s laughable that this negro claimed his injuries were WORK-related. His scribblings were illegible because he obviously “don’t read cursive.” You’ve certainly got the deck stacked against you when you’re a negro with a brain injury.

  • SimplyFred

    You cannot get lead poisoning from looking at lead based paint on the walls of your home / apartment. Children who eat paint have emotional problems which are the sole and exclusive responsibility of their parents. There is no liability on the part of the apartment owner. We have too many lawyers, specifically jewish lawyers.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    It is alleged that lead paint CAUSES mental retardation, but I suspect that the mental retardation is what prompts nigros to eat lead-based paint, and that the “experts” have confused cause and effect…

  • how about this

    “When asked to explain, he also wrote something that is unreadable. He also wrote something unreadable when asked if he was a minor when the case was settled.”

    Hey, that’s racist! When a Negro writes something you can’t “read” with your hyper-logical White mind, it’s your fault you don’t understand. You just need to learn to “feel him.” Knaamean?

  • Deep North

    If Gray didn’t die in the police van, he would have eventually died from lead poisoning….from the barrel of a gun.