Wreck on Hwy 87 subject of lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Feb. 15, 2011, 3:11am

Three Port Arthur residents have filed suit against the driver who they claim struck their vehicle, causing them to incur pain and suffering.

Charles Gilder claims he was driving on State Highway 87 on Feb. 27, 2009, when defendant Joel Gloston failed to control his speed and slammed into Charles Gilder's vehicle.

At the time of the collision, Shayla Conner and her minor daughter, Rayona Gilder, were riding as passengers in the vehicle, according to the complaint filed Feb. 7 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the collision, Charles Gilder suffered severe neck pain, which radiates to his right elbow, and back pain, the suit states. Shayna Conner suffered severe pain in her neck and mid- and lower-back while her daughter endured anxiety, the suit states.

All the plaintiffs incurred medical costs, lost their earnings and their earning capacities and sustained physical impairment, physical pain and mental anguish, the complaint says.

The plaintiffs blame Gloston for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes and failed to maintain a safe distance between vehicles.

In their complaint, the plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified judgment, plus interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

They will be represented by Jonathan C. Juhan of Beaumont.

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

Case No. B189-330

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