Man sues PAISD over collision with school bus

Kelly Holleran Jun. 22, 2010, 6:00am

A resident of China, Texas, claims his vehicle was struck by a Port Arthur Independent School District bus attempting to make a left turn.

Nathaniel Mason Jr. filed a lawsuit June 9 in Jefferson County District Court against PAISD.

Mason claims he drove south on the outside lane of Texas 93 in Port Arthur on Oct. 26 when a school bus driven by Shirley Guidry attempted to turn left onto Shirley Street.

Instead, she collided with Mason's vehicle, according to the complaint.

Because of the accident, Mason incurred medical costs; experienced mental anguish, physical pain and suffering; lost his earning capacity; and sustained physical impairment, the suit states.

Mason blames Guidry for causing the accident, saying she negligently failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to properly apply her brakes, failed to keep control of the vehicle she drove, failed to apply her brakes in a timely manner, failed to control her speed and failed to operate a school bus.

Port Arthur Independent School District should be held liable for any injuries Guidry caused, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Mason seeks actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Clay Dugas and Mike Jacobellis of Clay Dugas and Associates in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B187-039.

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