Driveway collision leads to lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Jul. 25, 2011, 6:20am

A Port Arthur man has filed suit against the driver who he claims collided with him in a driveway.

Deszaray Harmon claims he was in a private drive on Ninth Avenue in Port Arthur on Sept. 11 when defendant Maria Isabel Sotelo suddenly struck his vehicle.

Because of the collision, Harmon incurred medical costs and experienced extreme physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment, according to the complaint filed July 15 in Jefferson County District Court.

Sotelo negligently failed to maintain a proper lookout, backed when it was not safe to do so and drove inattentively, the suit states.

In his complaint, Harmon is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

He will be represented by James E. Payne and Ronnie Turner Jr. of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

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

Case No. D190-522

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