New discovery plan order for suit over J.C. deputy's auto collision

David Yates Jan. 20, 2011, 10:33am

A new discovery plan has been entered in litigation brought by Raymond Lauda, who claims he was seriously injured after a speeding sheriff's patrol unit lost control and struck his vehicle.

As previously reported, Lauda, a Galveston County resident, filed a complaint against Jefferson County on Oct. 8, 2009, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show Lauda was driving in the center lane of Interstate 10 in Beaumont near Walden Road on Nov. 4, 2998, when Deputy Zena Collins Stephens, driving a Jefferson County sheriff's patrol unit at a high rate of speed, struck him after she lost control of her vehicle and went into a spin.

An amended discovery control plan order in the case was entered on Nov. 18, calling for all discovery in the case to be finished before June 15, court records show.

A tentative trial has been slated for sometime in July if the matter is not mediated.

According to the lawsuit, Stephens received a traffic citation for the collision for failure to control speed.

Lauda claims he suffered serious personal injuries in the collision and incurred medical costs, experienced physical pain, suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish and loss of earnings.

Christopher D. Bertini of Bertini and Associates in Galveston represents Lauda.

Assistant District Attorney Tom Rugg represents the county.

Case No. A185-092

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