Trial over red-light collision starts

David Yates Mar. 24, 2015, 2:47pm


Jury selection began Tuesday, March 24 in a lawsuit claiming a driver failed to obey a red traffic signal and caused an automobile collision.

Hilda V. Bell filed suit against Dajore J. Marks on Feb. 12, 2013, in Jefferson County District Court.

Two years the later, the litigation was called up for trial.

Plaintiff Bell claims she was driving north on the service road for U.S. 69 at its intersection with Lucas on Aug. 9, 2011, when defendant Marks drove through a red light and struck her vehicle.

Bell will ask jurors to award her damages for her incurred medical costs, experienced physical pain and suffering, endured mental anguish and lost wages.

She also suffered disfigurement and suffered damages to her personal property, the suit claims.

The suit further alleges Marks negligently failed to control his speed, failed to obey a red light, drove too fast, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep a safe distance between his vehicle and Bell’s, failed to swerve to avoid a collision, failed to stop to avoid a collision, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to observe traffic signals and drove carelessly.

Attorney Ryan C. Scott of The Scott Law Firm in Beaumont represents Bell.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is presiding over the trial.

Case No. D193-932

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