Driver who hit school bus sued by injured student

Kelly Holleran Jul. 21, 2010, 8:22am

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims struck the bus on which a child rode.

Rachel Rigmaiden claims Charmae Ceasar, a minor, was a passenger on a Beaumont Independent School District bus on Sept. 22, 2009, when defendant David Medina, who drove a vehicle owned by defendant Maria Felix, failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and crashed into the bus.

Because of the collision, Ceasar incurred medical costs and experienced physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment, according to the complaint filed July 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

The plaintiffs claim Medina failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to control his vehicle, failed to maintain his vehicle in his lane, drove too fast and failed to yield the right-of-way.

They name Felix as a defendant, saying she was negligent in entrusting her vehicle to an incompetent and unfit driver.

In their suit, the plaintiffs seek actual and exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Matthew C. Matheny of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing them.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: B187-242.

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