Crash near Rainbow Bridge subject of lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Mar. 16, 2011, 6:22am

A Louisiana woman claims she sustained significant injuries after a driver for Spindletop Center failed to stop at a flashing red light and struck her vehicle.

Tracy McNeely filed a lawsuit March 10 in Jefferson County District Court against Spindletop Center, formerly known as Spindletop MHMR.

McNeely claims she drove a 2004 Chevy Colorado pickup truck on State Highway 173 Rainbow Bridge in Jefferson County on March 16, 2009, when a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck owned by Spindletop Center suddenly turned left from a flashing red light at Rainbow Lane and struck McNeely's truck.

Because of the collision, McNeely sustained physical and mental pain and suffering and lost earnings and her earning capacity, according to the complaint. In addition, McNeely sustained disfigurement and physical impairment and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

McNeely blames Spindletop's driver, Chastity Nicole Pitre, for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to control her vehicle, failed to see what should have been seen and improperly turned left from a flashing red light into the path of oncoming traffic. In addition, Pitre failed to yield at a flashing red light, violated Texas traffic laws and failed to exercise due care, the complaint says.

In her complaint, McNeely is seeking unspecified damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

David H. Hanchey and David B. Green of The Hanchey Law Firm in Lake Charles, La., and Robert S. Kleinschmidt Jr. in Lake Charles, La., will be representing her.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No: D189-573

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