Passenger sues driver after car hits tracks, pole and tree

Kelly Holleran Feb. 20, 2012, 7:29am


A Jefferson County woman claims she sustained injuries as a passenger in a vehicle that ended up striking a light pole.

Quelisha Knight filed a lawsuit Feb. 9 in Jefferson County District Court against Trevante Washington.

In her complaint, Knight claims she was riding in a vehicle Washington was driving on July 14. Suddenly, Washington began speeding toward railroad tracks, according to the complaint.

"The vehicle struck the incline of the railroad tracks and became airborne," the suit states. "Plaintiff describes a 'weightless' feeling. Plaintiff describes violently striking the roadway then becoming airborne again when the car bounced off the pavement. Mr. Washington lost control of the vehicle and struck and completely destroyed a light pole before violently striking a tree in a nearby yard."

Because of the collision, Knight incurred medical costs; experienced physical pain, suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment; and lost wages and her earning capacity, the complaint says.

Knight blames Washington for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to yield, failed to turn to avoid the collision and failed to control his speed.

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

John S. Morgan and Randy T. Coleman of Harris, Duesler and Hatfield will be representing him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E191-893

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