Port Arthur business sues motorcycle driver who crashed into building

Kelly Holleran Apr. 18, 2011, 4:00pm

The owner of a Jefferson County business claims she sustained damage to her property after a motorcycle driver ran into her commercial property.

Tiffany Neil Kidwell filed a lawsuit April 7 in Jefferson County District Court against Michael Vanzant.

Kidwell claims Vanzant failed to control his speed as he left the parking lot of Gulf Coast Healthcare and ran into commercial property she owned at 2951 25th St. in Port Arthur on Dec. 2.

In addition to her property damages, Kidwell lost rent, according to the complaint.

She blames Vanzant for causing her damages, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop at an intersection, failed to apply his brakes and drove too fast. In addition, he negligently failed to keep his vehicle under proper control and failed to drive in a safe manner, the suit states.

In her complaint, Kidwell seeks an unspecified judgment, plus interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Lance P. Bradley of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele and Chatelain in Port Arthur will be representing her.

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

Case No. B189-731

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