Mother and son sue driver, owner over auto collision

Kelly Holleran May 25, 2010, 5:22am

A Beaumont woman claims she incurred medical costs after a driver failed to yield the right-of-way.

Sumiko Winfield filed a lawsuit May 13 in Jefferson County District Court against Shana R. Chambers and Thelma Loften.

Sumiko Winfield claims she drove east on Forrest Avenue in Beaumont on June 25. Minor Caleb Winfield rode as a passenger in her vehicle, according to the complaint.

Suddenly, Chambers failed to yield the right-of-way and struck the vehicle in which the Winfields rode, the suit states.

In addition to the medical bills they incurred, the Winfields experienced physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment, the complaint says. Sumiko Winfield claims she also lost earnings and experienced a diminished earning capacity.

The Winfields blame Chambers for causing the collision, saying she failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to timely apply her brakes and failed to yield the right-of-way. In addition, Loften negligently entrusted her vehicle to Chambers, according to the complaint.

Sumiko Winfield seeks an unspecified judgment, plus interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

James E. Payne and Jennifer Job Seale of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: A186-857.

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