Crash with Crown Vic leads to lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Jul. 18, 2011, 7:39am

Two Beaumont residents claim they sustained back and neck pain after a driver failed to yield the right-of-way and struck their vehicle.

Lionel Tezeno and Jeniece Delafosse filed a lawsuit July 5 in Jefferson County District Court against Nettie Bean Martin.

In their complaint, Tezeno and Delafosse allege Tezeno drove south near the 5000 block of Helbig Road in Beaumont on Oct. 15, 2009, when Martin, who drove a silver 2000 Ford Crown Victoria out of a driveway on the same road, struck their vehicle.

In addition to their injuries, Tezeno and Delfosse incurred medical costs and experienced physical pain, suffering and mental anguish, according to the complaint. Delafosse also suffered from bilateral shoulder pain while Tezeno suffered from headaches following the collision, the suit states.

In their complaint, Tezeno and Delafosse blame Martin for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply her brakes, failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to avoid the accident and failed to drive as a reasonable person would have done.

They seek a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate, actual damages and other relief the court deems just.

David J. LaRue of Loncar and Associates in Beaumont will be representing them.

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

Case No. E190-441

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