Passenger sues driver and other motorist for causing collision

David Yates Jan. 7, 2011, 3:36am

In February 2009, Christopher Kelley was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by Christopher Dekerlegand when another motorist, Daniel Alvarado, collided with their vehicle.

Kelley filed suit against both Dekerlegand and Alvarado on Jan. 3 in Jefferson County District Court. The suit also names Robert Dekerlegand, who owned the vehicle Kelley was ridding in, as a defendant.

Court papers show that on Feb. 1, 2009, Kelley was a passenger in Dekerlegand's pickup. The two were traveling north on MLK Boulevard in Beaumont when Alvarado failed to yield the right of way while entering the intersection from Broadway.

After causing the collision, Alvarado fled the scene on foot, court records show.

The suit accuses Alcarado of negligently failing to keep a proper lookout and failing to obey traffic laws. No acts of negligence are listed against the Dekerlegands.

Kelley is suing for his alleged past and future mental anguish, pain, lost wages, impairment and medical expenses.

He is represented by Port Arthur attorney Brandon Monk.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Case No. B189-055

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