Girl injured while driving go-kart, mother sues

David Yates Jul. 10, 2011, 5:10am

While driving a go-kart, Derionna Guillory was rammed by another child, causing her to hit her head and blackout.

On June 29 Guillory's mother, Chantell Seals, filed a lawsuit on her behalf against the owners of Sports Connection, Ricky and Sylvia Root, in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on May 26 Guillory, a 9-year-old girl, went to Sports Connection on a school fieldtrip.

She was operating a go-kart when it "suddenly stopped for no reason" in the middle of the track, causing another go-kart to strike her and suffer a "severe head injury," the suit states.

"No one came to assist her when was unconscious on the go kart track," the suit states. "After Guillory regained consciousness, she unbuckled herself and ran across the track to get out of the way of the other go karts and find a chaperon."

Guillory required medical attention and received 12 stiches.

The suit alleges the defendants had a duty to inspect the go-kart and make sure all equipment was working properly.

The plaintiff is suing for her daughter's alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, and disfigurement, plus all court costs.

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

Case No. D190-423

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