School district sued over employee auto collision

Kelly Holleran Jun. 10, 2009, 3:00am

A Beaumont man is suing the Beaumont Independent School District and one of its employees, alleging he was seriously injured in a collision.

Jonathan Johnson filed a lawsuit June 8 in Jefferson County District Court against the school district and John Gautreaux.

Johnson says he was driving east in the 200 block of East Simmons Road when suddenly Gautreaux, who was driving west on the same road, veered into his lane and collided with Johnson.

"Defedant, John Gautreaux, for reasons unknown to this Plaintiff, wholly failed to observe Plaintiff's vehicle and failed to maintain travel in his lane of traffic thereby causing Plaintiff to sustain serious, permanent, and painful personal injuries and damages," the complaint says.

At the time of the collision, Gautreaux was working for Beaumont Independent School District, according to the complaint.

Because of the accident, Johnson has incurred physical pain, physical impairment, medical costs, loss of enjoyment of life and lost earnings, the suit states.

Gautreaux negligently failed to control his vehicle, failed to maintain a lookout, failed to turn to avoid a collision, drove without regard to the rights of others and failed to give Johnson one-half the roadway, Johnson claims.

John N. Mastin of the Law Offices of John N. Mastin in San Antonio will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E184-242.

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