Winston-Salem, NC-- Former NC Rep. Larry Womble talked exclusively to News 2 about why he's suing the estate of a dead man and a local bar.
On Monday, Larry Womble filed a lawsuit against 6th And Vine, the bar that David Carmichael was drinking at before he crashed his car into Womble and left him seriously injured.
David Carmichael died. Larry Womble is also suing David Carmichael's estate.
READ: Womble Suing 6th And Vine, Estate Of David Carmichael
On Thursday, WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford sat down in an exclusive interview with Larry Womble.
Despite everything, Womble said he is sympathetic to the Carmichael family who lost their loved one.
"My heart and my mind and thoughts and prayers go out to the Carmichael family," said Womble.
Womble has around-the-clock care at his home. He also has to pay for special van transportation anytime he leaves his house. He visits a therapist, doctor, or rehab every day. Other than that, he spends his time confined to a bed.
"I understand that I was at the brink of death twice and was brought back," said Womble.
Womble's attorney told us his medical bills are anywhere from $600,000 to $900,000. They're looking to get at least $1,000,000 compensation for all his losses.
But Womble says it's not about the money.
"I'd rather have my health and strength rather than having some certain kind of money. Money cannot buy health and strength."
The lawsuit goes after the restaurant, 6th And Vine for over-serving David Carmichael alcohol the night of the wreck. It also goes after Carmichael's estate.
Womble's attorney said that a similar case from 2007 will play a major role in their argument. 6th and Vine served former WXII anchor, Tolly Carr before he drove drunk and killed someone. The bar eventually reached a settlement with the victim's family.
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