Crash into car stopped at light results in lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Nov. 22, 2010, 5:53am

A Beaumont woman has filed suit against the driver she claims hit the vehicle in which she was riding as it sat at a red light.

Elisavet Flores claims she was riding in a vehicle Noel Chavez was driving on Feb. 4, 2009, when Chavez brought the vehicle to a stop at a light governing the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Laurel Street in Beaumont.

Suddenly, defendant Donna Hebert failed to control her speed and struck the vehicle in which Flores rode, according to the complaint filed Nov. 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the accident, Flores experienced cervical neck pain, severe headaches and lumber back pain, the suit states. In addition, she incurred medical costs; sustained physical pain, suffering and mental anguish; and lost wages, the complaint says.

Flores blames Chavez for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply her brakes, failed to avoid the accident, failed to control her speed, failed to maintain the vehicle and failed to drive in a reasonable manner.

In her complaint, Flores is seeking a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate, actual damages and other relief the court deems just.

David J. LaRue of Loncar and Associates in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Case No. D188-806

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