Discovery still proceeding in downed power line suit

David Yates Jul. 19, 2012, 9:00am

Entergy recently filed a certificate of written discovery in litigation brought by Shelly Conner, whose son, Quantae, mowed over a downed power line, causing electricity to course through his body.

The lawsuit, filed Feb. 2, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, claims the power company's workers failed to repair the line following Hurricane Ike.

The certificate was filed March 20 and states that Entergy has served plaintiffs with its second set of interrogatories and requests for production.

Court records show that last June Entergy had to file a motion to compel plaintiffs' responses to its first set of interrogatories and requests for production, which was granted by Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

The suit states that on Feb. 21, 2009, Quantae rolled his father's lawn mower over a power line hidden by long grass while mowing the back yard of his Port Arthur home.

The electric shock was so bad he had to be rushed to the hospital, the suit states.

The plaintiffs contend Entergy had a duty to hire and train competent workers to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Ike.

Port Arthur attorney Antoine Freeman represents the plaintiffs.

Beaumont attorney Christine Kibbe represents Entergy.

Case No. B189-299

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