Russell J. Eckerman claims he suffered serious injuries exceeding $730,000 in medical bills

By Melody Chiu
Updated July 02, 2015 02:00 PM
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Days before Bobbi Kristina Brown entered the hospital after being found in her bathtub, she was involved in a car accident with a man who claims he suffered serious injuries from the crash.

According to a lawsuit filed by Russell J. Eckerman and obtained by PEOPLE, the accident occurred “on or about” Jan. 27. The papers claim Bobbi Kristina was “traveling at an imprudent speed for conditions and was following too closely and improperly attempted to change lanes in order to avoid the vehicle stopping in front of her.”

Bobbi Kristina then allegedly lost control of the 2005 Jeep Liberty she was driving, crossed the center line and collided with Eckerman’s Ford Taurus.

Eckerman claims he sustained “significant injuries” from the crash, including facial, spinal and skull fractures, a laceration on his scalp and a left wrist sprain that landed him in the hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.

According to the papers, he underwent several procedures and his medical bills exceeded $732,610.22.

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Aside from suing Bobbi Kristina – who has been in hospice care for a week – Eckerman is also suing Ford Motor Company and a third driver for negligent driving.

Bobbi Kristina’s court-appointed conservator did not immediately respond for comment and Ford “has not yet received the suit,” a company spokesperson told PEOPLE.

Reporting by Elissa Rosen