Wrong turn on MLK caused wreck, suit says

Kelly Holleran Jun. 20, 2011, 10:00am

A Beaumont woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims struck her vehicle.

Stephanie Young Grant claims she was driving north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Beaumont when the incident occurred. Another driver, defendant Sherry Lynn Easterling, was also driving north on the same road when she attempted to turn the wrong way on a one-way road, according to the complaint filed June 10 in Jefferson County District Court.

"Defendant realized her mistake and attempted to turn back onto MLK; crossed into the center lane and struck Plaintiff's vehicle which in turn was pushed into the inside lane and struck another vehicle," the suit states.

Because of the collision, Grant incurred medical costs and experienced physical pain, suffering and mental anguish, the complaint says.

Grant blames Easterling for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to turn her vehicle to the side to avoid a collision and failed to provide Grant with one-half of the road. In addition, Easterling failed to keep a proper distance between her vehicle and Grant's and failed to apply her brakes in time to avoid a collision.

In her complaint, Grant is seeking a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief to which she may be entitled.

She will be represented by Barrett Lindsay and Michael J. Lindsay of Lindsay, Lindsay and Parsons in Beaumont.

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

Case No. B190-242

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