Third party responsible in $1M suit alleging woman hit by ambulance, says defendant
A third unidentified party is the actual party responsible in a suit brought by a woman seeking $1 million for injuries she allegedly suffered when an ambulance driver struck her as she was walking on the side of the road, according to the defendant’s answer.
As previously reported, Crystal Tigner filed suit against Acadian Ambulance Service Inc. and Tiffany Euton on July 25 in the Jefferson County District Court.
According to the amended petition, Tigner was walking on the shoulder of the 5000 block of Highway 69 in Port Arthur on June 9, when defendant Euton, who was driving an ambulance for defendant Acadian Ambulance Service, struck her.
In her suit, Tigner accuses Euton of negligence, saying she failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to turn to the right or left to avoid a collision, drove too fast, drove in a reckless manner, failed to obey applicable traffic signals and violated provisions in Texas law.
However, on Oct. 13, Euton answered the suit, asserting the incident was actually caused by a third unspecified party, court records show.
On top of exemplary damages, Tigner is suing for her physical pain and mental anguish, physical impairment and disfigurement, lost wages and incurred medical costs
Euton’s answer further argues Tigner is not entitled to recover exemplary damages.
Attorneys Brian Beckcom and Byron C. Alfred of Vujasinovic and Beckcom in Houston represent Tigner.
The defendants are represented by Mark Pharr and Ron Capehart, attorneys for the Houston law firm Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith.
Jefferson County District Court case number D195-914