Jury selection begins in trial against red light runner

David Yates Jan. 10, 2011, 8:11am

Two Beaumont residents will spend the next couple of days pleading their case before 12 Jefferson County jurors, as jury selection began Monday, Jan. 10 in the automobile collision trial of Elise Matthews vs. Jerelle Davis.

In April 2009, Matthews filed suit against Davis, alleging he disregarded a red light and struck her vehicle.

Court papers show that on March 15, 2009, Matthews was traveling on Laurel Avenue on her way to church when Davis allegedly ran a red light when entering the intersection from Martin Luther King Boulevard.

In her suit, Matthews alleges Davis negligently failed to keep a proper lookout and obey traffic laws.

She will ask the jury to award her damages for her alleged past and future mental anguish, pain, impairment, lost wages and medical expenses, plus attorney's fees.

Plaintiff's attorney Langston Adams of Port Arthur is representing her.

Davis is represented by Beaumont attorney Richard Hatfield of Harris, Duesler & Hatfield.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is presiding over the trial.

Case No. E183-815

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