Wreck on Fourth Street leads to suit

Kelly Holleran May 6, 2010, 3:37am

A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims failed to stop as she attempted to turn left.

Beulah Mathis claims she was driving south on Fourth Street in Beaumont on July 16, 2009, when she slowed to make a left-hand turn onto Virginia Avenue. Suddenly, without warning, defendant Robert E. Bright, slammed into the back of Mathis' vehicle.

Because of the accident, Mathis incurred hospital and medical costs and experienced extreme physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment, according to the complaint filed April 28 in Jefferson County District Court.

Bright negligently failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to control the speed of his vehicle, failed to properly apply his brakes and failed to turn his vehicle to the right to avoid a collision, the suit states.

Mathis is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

She will be represented by Jennifer Job Seale and Kendall S. Cockrell of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: E186-732.

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