Rose City woman sues alleged drunk driver over collision

Kelly Holleran Mar. 3, 2010, 9:33am

A Rose City woman has filed suit against the driver who she says turned into her vehicle while allegedly driving intoxicated.

Veronica Hammonds claims she was driving on College Street in Beaumont on March 28, 2008, when defendant Ben Walhood, who was driving a vehicle for defendant C&L Ice Co., failed to yield to oncoming traffic and slammed into her.

According to the complaint filed Feb. 24 in Jefferson County District Court, Hammonds incurred medical costs and lost her earnings and earning capacity. In addition, she suffered physical impairment, physical pain and mental anguish, the suit states.

Walhood negligently failed to maintain control of his vehicle, attempted to turn left across the southbound lanes of traffic when it was not safe to do so, drove while intoxicated and caused serious bodily injury to Hammonds, the complaint says.

Hammonds is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jonathan C. Juhan of Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A186-120.

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