Stop sign runner sued for causing auto crash

Kelly Holleran Jul. 18, 2011, 7:26am

A Beaumont man has filed suit against the driver who he claims ran a stop sign and slammed into his vehicle.

Larry Edward Nimitz claims he was driving on May 20 when defendant Kenneth Odom failed to control his speed and ran a stop sign, colliding with Nimitz.

Because of the accident, Nimitz sustained physical pain and mental anguish, lost earnings and sustained an impaired earning capacity, according to the complaint filed June 27 in Jefferson County District Court. In addition, he suffered disfigurement and physical impairment and incurred medical costs and property damages, the suit states.

Odom negligently failed to control his speed, failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to drive in a safe manner and failed to yield the right-of-way, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Nimitz is seeking actual and exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Matthew C. Matheny of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Case No. E190-414

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