Woman sues alleged drunk driver

Kelly Holleran Apr. 14, 2010, 9:52am

A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against the allegedly intoxicated driver she claims failed to yield at a stop sign.

Chanzay Janay Kennerson claims she was driving a Suzuki Forenza north in the 1800 block of Woodworth Boulevard in Port Arthur on Jan. 31 when defendant Paulette Dumes Brown, who was driving east in the 2900 block of 18th Street, failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and struck the rear of Kennerson's vehicle.

Because of the collision, Kennerson incurred medical costs, experienced physical pain, suffering and impairment; lost her earnings; lost her earning capacity; suffered disfigurement; incurred property damages; suffered mental anguish; and fears a future disease or condition, according to the complaint filed April 7 in Jefferson County District Court.

Brown negligently failed to keep a proper lookout; failed to turn her motor vehicle in an attempt to avoid a collision; failed to maintain a clear distance between her vehicle and Kennerson's; drove too fast; failed to timely apply her brakes; failed to stop, yield or grant immediate control of an intersection; failed to enter the intersection only when it was safe to do so; and drove while intoxicated, the suit states.

Kennerson is seeking a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus exemplary damages, pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

She will be represented by Langston Scott Adams of Port Arthur.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: E186-483.

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