Wreck on FM 365 subject of lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Feb. 20, 2012, 7:25am

A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against the driver she claims rear-ended her vehicle while she stopped for traffic.

Lindsey Aline Gothia claims she was driving her 2008 Honda Pilot east in the 3100 block of FM 365 in Port Arthur on Feb. 18, 2010, when she stopped at a traffic light behind a vehicle driven by Ryan Jackson.

Defendant Casey Ray Sevall, who was driving a 2006 Chevrolet truck owned by defendant CKJ American Steam-A-Way, stopped behind her, according to the complaint filed Feb. 10 in Jefferson County District Court.

"When the light turned green, all parties proceeded; however, Ryan Jackson again stopped the vehicle he was driving due to traffic ahead," the suit states. "Plaintiff, likewise, stopped her vehicle before entering the intersection, but Defendant failed to control his speed and struck the rear of Plaintiff's vehicle, propelling Plaintiff's vehicle into the rear of the vehicle driven by Ryan Jackson."

Because of the collision, Gothia suffered bodily injuries, which caused her mental and physical condition to deteriorate, and experienced great physical and mental pain, suffering and anguish, the complaint says. She also incurred medical costs, she claims.

Sevall negligently failed to drive in a safe manner, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to control his speed, failed to turn to the right to avoid a collision, failed to apply his brakes to avoid a collision, failed to keep a safe distance between his vehicle and Gothia's and failed to keep proper control of his vehicle, according to the complaint.

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

Gordon D. Friesz of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele and Chatelain in Port Arthur will be representing her.

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

Case No. D191-940

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