Red light runner hit with $14K verdict

David Yates Jun. 22, 2010, 3:39am

Five years ago, Nicholas Peters allegedly ran a red light and collided with Delbert Self's vehicle.

Earlier this month, a Jefferson County jury found that Peters negligently caused the automobile, levying a $14,486.29 verdict against him on June 10.

Self filed suit against Peters in June 2007 in Jefferson County District Court.

In his suit, Self says that on June 19, 2005 he was driving west on Dowlen Road. As he entered the intersection of Dowlen and Phelan Boulevard, Peters "failed to stop at the red light on Phelan and crossed in front" of his vehicle, causing him to strike the passenger side of Peters' vehicle.

"As a result of the negligence of defendant, plaintiff sustained severe personal injuries which in all probability will be permanent," Self's suit states. "In addition, plaintiff has suffered from physical impairment ... and loss of earning capacity."

Jurors awarded self $2,686.29 for his medical expenses, $8,500 for his physical pain, $1,500 for his impairment and $1,800 for his loss of earning capacity.

He was represented by Beaumont attorney David Starnes.

Peters was represented by Monica Wilkins of Beaumont.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th Judicial District, presided over the trial.

Case No. B179-525

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