Red light runner hit with lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Feb. 3, 2010, 2:00pm

A Beaumont woman says she incurred medical costs after a driver collided with her vehicle.

Heather Granger filed a lawsuit Jan. 27 against Joseph Frank and Mildred Berrard.

Granger claims she drove north and stopped in the outside lane at the red light at Dowlen Road and Westgate Drive on Oct. 23, 2008, when Frank failed to control the speed of his vehicle and collided with her. At the time of the accident, Frank drove Berrard's vehicle.

According to the complaint, Granger suffered disfigurement, lost wages and experienced pain and suffering because of the accident.

She blames Frank for causing the accident, saying he failed to control his speed, drove too fast, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to maintain a safe distance, failed to swerve to avoid a collision, failed to bring his vehicle to a stop and failed to timely apply his brakes. In addition, he failed to pay attention, the suit states.

In the complaint, Granger says Berrard should never have lent Frank her vehicle because she knew he was a reckless driver.

Granger seeks actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Ryan Douglas White and Jason L. Cansler of Brent Coon and Associates in Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B185-808.

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