Jurors assign zero blame to defendant and plaintiff in auto wreck trial

David Yates Jan. 20, 2011, 9:00am

A Jefferson County jury recently found that neither plaintiff Elise Matthews nor defendant Jerelle Davis was to blame for a March 2005 automobile collision.

The trial of Elise Matthews vs. Jerelle Davis began Jan. 10 in Judge Donald Floyd's 172nd District Court.

According to the charge of the jury, filed Jan. 14 in Jefferson County District Court, jurors decided no party was at fault for causing the collision, declining to award any damages to Matthews.

Matthews sued Davis in April 2009, alleging he disregarded a red light and struck her vehicle.

According to the suit, 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 Jr. Boulevard.

Jurors were asked who was negligent in causing the collision, Matthews or Davis. They answered no for both individuals.

Matthews was seeking an award for 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.

Beaumont attorney Richard Hatfield of Harris, Duesler & Hatfield, represents Davis.

Case No. E183-815

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