Woman texting while driving, suit alleges

Kelly Holleran Oct. 17, 2011, 10:49am

A man has filed suit against the driver who he claims caused a collision while texting on her cell phone.

Raymond Morris claims he was driving on Filmore on Nov. 10, 2009, when defendant Jessica Reyes, who was driving a vehicle insured by defendant Juan Reyes, failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign and struck Morris's vehicle.

At the time of the collision, Jessica Reyes was texting on her phone, according to the complaint filed Oct. 3 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the collision, Morris sustained injuries to his shoulders, neck, back and ribs and incurred medical costs, the suit states. In addition, he lost earnings and his earning capacity; sustained physical impairment, physical pain and mental anguish; and incurred property damages, the complaint says.

Morris blames Jessica Reyes for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply her brakes to avoid a collision, failed to stop or yield to avoid a collision and failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign.

Morris is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jonathan C. Juhan and J.J. Bragg of Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A191-056

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