Driver sued for failing to stay in lane

Kelly Holleran Aug. 9, 2010, 6:58am

An Orange County man has filed suit against the driver who he claims failed to maintain a single lane of traffic, causing a collision.

Ted Mitchell claims he was riding in a vehicle traveling north on the outside lane of Highway 69 in Beaumont on Jan. 29 when defendant Lamisa N. Ramsey, who was driving on the inside lane, struck the driver's-side back tire of the vehicle in which he was riding.

Because of the incident, Mitchell sustained injuries to his neck, back, shoulder and body and experienced physical pain and mental suffering, according to the complaint filed July 28 in Jefferson County District Court.

In addition, he incurred medical costs and suffered physical impairment and disfigurement, the suit states.

Ramsey negligently failed to control her speed, failed to maintain control of her vehicle, failed to timely apply her brakes, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to turn to avoid a collision and failed to maintain a single lane of travel, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Mitchell is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus costs, pre-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

He will be represented by Christopher S. Smith of Bush Lewis in Orange.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D187-416.

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