Death of children due to 'doped up' driver, suit alleges

David Yates Nov. 29, 2010, 4:00am


The mother of two deceased Nederland girls has filed suit against the driver who allegedly ended their lives, claiming she got behind the wheel while 'doped' up on prescription medications.

On behalf of Cristin Grubbs, 12, and Katie Grubbs, 11, Sandy Nugent filed suit against Amanda Jean Lewis on Nov. 22 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the petition, the sisters were killed Nov. 6 in a "preventable car crash" caused by a "doped up driver."

The girls were traveling with their father, Grant Grubbs, on Highway 105 in Orange County, the suit states. A report from the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Lewis was driving while under the influence of prescription drug medication and swerved into the Grubbs' lane.

According to media reports, after the collision Grant, 43, of Lumberton, was listed in stable condition at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth with broken ribs. Lewis, 25, of Vidor, was listed in fair condition at Christus with a possible concussion.

Nugent is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop possible evidence from being tampered with or destroyed and is suing for unspecified damages.

She is represented by Beaumont attorney Timothy Ferguson.

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

Case No. D188-835

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