Auto crash at blinking red light subject of lawsuit

Kelly Holleran May 16, 2011, 6:39am

A Jefferson County man claims he sustained mental anguish, physical pain and suffering after a driver failed to yield the right-of-way at a blinking red light.

Jimmy Sparks filed a lawsuit May 5 in Jefferson County District Court against Fancy Michelle Hebert and Wendy Hebert.

Sparks claims he drove west on State Highway 124 on May 6, 2009, when Fancy Hebert, who drove on Hamshire Road, struck Sparks at the intersection after Fancy Hebert failed to stop at a flashing red light.

Because of the collision, Sparks incurred medical costs, lost his earning capacity, sustained physical impairment and incurred property damages, according to the complaint.

Sparks blames Fancy Hebert for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to stop at a stop light and failed to yield the right-of-way.

In addition to Fancy Hebert, Sparks names Wendy Hebert as a defendant, saying she should have known the 16-year-old Fancy Hebert was an unsafe and untrained driver who would likely cause an accident.

In his complaint, Sparks seeks damages in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

Clay Dugas and Mike Jacobellis of Beaumont will be representing him.

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

Case No. D189-945

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