Lawsuit filed over high speed collision

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Nov. 23, 2010, 9:37am

MARSHALL-A Gregg County resident has filed a personal injury lawsuit after he was injured during a high speed collision in Rusk County.

Bob Pinke filed the lawsuit against Renita Gourieux and Landon Lockhart in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The accident occurred on March 30 as Pinke was a restrained passenger in a Ford van owned by his employer. The van was stopped at a stop sign northbound on Highway 149 and Highway 43 in Rusk County.

Driving a 2008 Chevrolet SUV, defendant Lockhart proceeded through the intersection, running the stop sign and failing to yield the right of way. Lockhart's vehicle collided into the Ford van causing a significant impact and the van to rollover.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to yield the right of way, failing to control his speed, failing to turn the vehicle to avoid the collision, failing to pay attention and take evasive action, driving recklessly, driving without regard for the safety and welfare of others and failing to properly and timely apply his brakes.

As the employer of Lockhart, defendant Renita Gourieux is accused of negligently entrusting the truck to the unsafe driver.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain and mental anguish, physical impairment, medical expenses, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, interest and court costs.

Pinke is represented by Garrett W. Wilson of The Monsour Law Firm in Longview. Jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10-cv-00494

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