February trial slated in case blaming drunken milk truck driver for crash

David Yates Nov. 21, 2011, 5:14am

A February trial has been slated in litigation brought by Mell Williams Jr., who sued Borden after an allegedly intoxicated milk truck driver changed lanes and struck his vehicle.

As previously reported, Williams filed a lawsuit May 27, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court against Milk Products, doing business as Borden Milk Products, and Thomas W. Monasco.

In his suit, Williams claims he drove in Jefferson County on Oct. 31, 2008, when a 2004 Freightliner operated by Monasco and owned by Borden suddenly switched lanes and collided with Williams' vehicle.

Court records show that on April 11 an agreed scheduling order was filed in the case, setting a pre-trial conference for Jan. 20 and the trial for sometime in the month of February 2012.

Williams blames Monasco for drove too fast and drove while intoxicated.

He also claims Borden negligently lent its vehicle to Monasco despite its knowledge that he is an incompetent driver, the suit states.

Williams claims he incurred medical costs and experienced physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment and disfigurement, according to the complaint.

B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell in Beaumont, Geo. Michael Jamail of The Reaud Law Firm in Beaumont, Kent W. Johns of Johns and Johns in Beaumont and Jamail and Kolius of Houston represent him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. A186-959

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