Driver crossed center line, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Nov. 17, 2010, 7:00am

A Beaumont man claims he sustained injuries, causing him to incur medical costs, after a driver crossed the center line and collided with him.

Michael Todd Barnes filed a lawsuit Nov. 9 in Jefferson County District Court against Kasi Jean Johnson.

Barnes claims he drove west on Helbig Road on Oct. 31 when Johnson, who drove east on the same road, crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision.

In addition to his injuries and medical costs, Barnes lost wages and his earning capacity and sustained mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, according to the complaint.

He also sustained physical impairment, the suit states.

Barnes blames Johnson for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to stay in her lane and drove east in a lane reserved for westbound traffic.

In his complaint, Barnes seeks actual damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law and other relief the court deems just.

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

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E188-765

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