Wreck of classic car leads to suit

Marilyn Tennissen Apr. 12, 2007, 10:00am

The owner of a "fully restored" car in "immaculate condition" is seeking damages for repair of the car as well as his medical expenses after a collision.

Fred Bozeman filed a personal injury suit in Orange County District Court against Wilmer Crane and Jody Boone on April 4. The plaintiff is seeking monetary relief of more than $50,000.

According the original petition, Boone, an Orange County resident, was traveling northbound in the 1300 block of North Main in Vidor on April 15, 2005, "when defendant Wilmer Crane failed to yield the right of way causing plaintiff's and defendant's vehicles to violently collide."

The suit alleges that Crane was negligent for failing to control his speed, keep lookout, apply brakes and control his vehicle.

In addition, defendant Boone, who was owner of the vehicle driven by Crane, was named in the suit because Boone should have known that Crane was a "negligent and reckless driver."

The plaintiff said he suffered personal injuries, permanent bodily impairment, past and future physical pain and mental anguish and past and future medical expenses.

Bozeman is also seeking fair and reasonable compensation for the damage done to his vehicle. The petition did not indicate the model or year of the vehicle, but said it was "fully restored," indicating it may be classic model.

The plaintiff is represented by Stephen Williams of Beaumont. He is demanding a trial by jury.

The case has been assigned to Orange County 260th District Court.

Case No. D070174-C

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