Mother, children settle auto collision suit before trial

David Yates Feb. 6, 2012, 8:49am

Rather than face a Monday morning trial, a Nederland woman opted to settle an automobile personal injury suit last Friday.

As previously reported, Michelle Conrad filed the suit against Deette Eccles on Dec. 21, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court, claiming Eccles ran a stop sign and injured her and her two minor children.

Two years later, the case was slated to go to trial on Feb. 6 in Judge Bob Wortham's 58th District Court.

However, Judge Wortham told the Southeast Texas Record that the case settled on Friday.

The original petition states that on Jan. 14, 2009, Conrad and her children were passengers in a vehicle traveling east in Nederland.

They were passing through the intersection at 20th Street and Canal Street when Eccles allegedly failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign and slammed into them.

Conrad accused Eccles of negligently failing to keep a proper lookout, apply her brakes and obey traffic laws.

She claims she and her children suffered back and neck injuries.

They were seeking to recover damages for their pain, medical expenses and mental anguish.

Beaumont attorney Jonathan Juhan represents Conrad.

Case No. A188-999

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