BISD driver sues city of Beaumont driver over wreck

Kelly Holleran Nov. 3, 2010, 3:52pm

A Beaumont Independent School District bus driver has filed suit against the city of Beaumont driver who she claims failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and struck her bus.

Kimberly Thibodeaux claims she was driving a bus for the school district on Gulf Street on Nov. 19, 2009, when defendant Frank Jackson, who was driving a vehicle for defendant the city of Beaumont, failed to yield at a stop sign and struck the bus she was driving.

Because of the collision, Thibodeaux experienced a diminished earning capacity, suffered physical pain and mental anguish and endured physical impairment, according to the complaint filed Oct. 13 in Jefferson County District Court.

Jackson negligently failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to drive in a safe manner, failed to maintain control of his vehicle and failed to keep a safe distance, the suit states. In addition, he negligently failed to take evasive action, failed to control his speed and failed to yield the right-of-way, the complaint says.

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

Tom Oxford of Waldman Smallwood in Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A188-592

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