Homeowner blames foreclosure on wreck injuries, sues driver

Kelly Holleran May 4, 2009, 10:22am

A dump truck operator has filed suit against two companies and one of their employees, alleging his $400,000 home was placed in foreclosure after he was injured in an accident and unable to work.

Groves resident Pierre M. Pierre claims he was unable to make his usual daily salary of $149 after Paul C. Sharp collided with him on Dec. 7, 2007, on a feeder road along Interstate 10 near Rose City in Orange County.

Sharp, who was working for co-defendants Ace Transportation and Redlac Enterprises at the time of the accident, caused the collision when he failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and struck Pierre's vehicle, according to the complaint filed April 30 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the accident, Pierre was unable to work for 209 days, lost $31,141 and his home has gone into foreclosure, the suit states.

"Plaintiff is married and has minor children who reside with him and are dependent upon him for financial support," the suit states. "The threat of losing his home has placed an extreme burden on Plaintiff and his family."

In addition to the threat of foreclosure, Pierre claims he suffered physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment and incurred medical expenses because of the accident.

Pierre says Sharp was responsible for the accident because he failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to maintain a reasonable speed, failed to control his speed, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to safely stop his vehicle and failed to keep his vehicle under control.

Included in the complaint are Pierre's requests for disclosures to all the defendants and a set of request for admissions from Sharp.

Pierre is also seeking unspecified actual damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems appropriate.

He is represented by Charlton P. Hornsby of Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D183-930.

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