Woman claims driver backed into her

Kelly Holleran Jun. 23, 2010, 7:21am

A woman has filed suit against the driver she claims backed into her as she sat in traffic.

Trina Hawkins says she was driving behind defendant Bridget Corn, who was operating a 1999 green Ford Expedition owned by defendant Joshua Espinoza, when Corn backed up in an attempt to go around traffic.

While backing up, Corn struck Hawkins, according to the complaint filed June 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the accident, which occurred on April 20, 2009, Hawkins suffered severe injuries; experienced physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment; and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Corn negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to obey traffic signs regarding the flow of traffic, failed to obey roadway markings regulating the movement of traffic, failed to back only when it was safe to do so and failed to keep her vehicle under control, the complaint says.

Hawkins claims Espinoza should never have lent Corn his vehicle in the first place, because he knew her to be a reckless and incompetent driver.

In her complaint, Hawkins is seeking actual damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Charlton P. Hornsby of Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: B187-042.

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