HUEYTOWN, Ala. (WBRC) – Jameria Hairston is now out of hospital, but we’re told her recovery will take time. His lawyer describes what happened to him as deplorable.
In April, Hairston and her two children were in the drive-thru lane at Arby’s in Hueytown when investigators said former manager Shea Peoples “just snapped” and then allegedly threw hot grease on Hairston. She suffered second-degree burns over much of her body. She is now out of hospital but has a long recovery ahead of her according to her lawyer Courtney French.
“A lot of medical attention due to the severity of the burns to her back, arms, legs and still undergoing medical treatment for these burns and injuries,” said Courtney French, Hairston’s attorney.
Peoples faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment. She also faces a civil lawsuit from the victim. Hairston’s two children were added to this trial because of what they witnessed.
“She tries to tear off his clothes because of the burns. It’s just something they repeated over and over in their minds and now, frankly, they’re afraid to go through the drive-thru window,” French said.
French is now trying to get video of the Arby’s incident. He claims the former manager had complaints against her.
“Apparently Arby’s was aware in advance, of other complaints they had about this manager from other customers, other employees who work there. So she was a ticking time bomb and had no business there or working with the public,” French said.
Hairston’s civil lawsuit seeks an unspecified sum of money from Arby’s, its former manager and the companies that own and operate the restaurant.
We learned Peoples, 50, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. This means the case will go to the Grand Jury for possible indictment.
In a statement, Arby’s says it is cooperating with law enforcement and says they are working to help support the victim’s recovery.
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