"American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini has been sued by a couple who says he rammed into the back of their car on a Pennsylvania road.

"American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini has been sued by a couple who says he rammed into the back of their car on a Pennsylvania road. The lawsuit filed Friday in Northampton (Pa.) County Court contends that Guarini, 25, drove his truck into the rear of a car occupied by Bethlehem residents Louis A. and Adrienne Maiatico.

The lawsuit alleges that Guarini, of Doylestown, Bucks County, was looking at papers and took his eyes off the road when the vehicles collided on March 12, 2002. The Maiaticos were stopped at a red light and Guarini was driving too fast, the lawsuit states.

Bethlehem police cited Guarini for following the couple's car too closely. He filed papers to appeal the ticket but decided it wasn't worth leaving Los Angeles to appear in court on Sept. 16, 2002, so he paid the $25 fine and $75 in court costs, his attorney Douglas C. Roger Jr. said.

The suit contends that Louis Maiatico suffered injuries to his back, neck and side. The Maiaticos are seeking more than $100,000 in the two-count suit filed by Easton attorney Michael A. Snover.


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