Suit over schoolboy hit by rearview mirror dismissed

David Yates Oct. 13, 2011, 4:41am

The Southeast Texas Record reported last September that Loretta Patterson, the mother of a South Park Middle School student, filed suit against Jacqueline Stewart, claiming she struck her son with her rearview mirror.

On May 26, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, signed an order dismissing Stewart with prejudice.

Court records show that Patterson filed a motion to dismiss two days earlier, stating that the controversy between the parties had been compromised and settled.

On behalf of her son Joseph Jenkins, Patterson filed the suit Sept. 14, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court papers show that on Oct. 3, 2008, Jenkins was walking to school on the side of the road on Woodrow Street heading towards South Park, when Stewart struck him with a car mirror.

Patterson claimed that because of the incident her son now suffers from soft tissue back discomfort, deep tissue contusions to his left elbow and a closed head injury.

She accused Stewart of failing to keep a proper lookout and of failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Patterson was suing for her son's medical expenses and mental anguish.

Beaumont attorney David LaRue of the Loncar & Associates law firm represented her.

Stewart was represented by Houston attorney Thomas Laucius.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, presided over the case.

Case No. E188-273

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