Groves man files suit against driver over Port Arthur wreck

Kelly Holleran Aug. 2, 2012, 9:24am


A Groves man has filed suit against the driver who he claims failed to yield at a stop sign.

Dustin Allen claims he was driving north on Rosedale Avenue in Port Arthur on Dec. 7 when he stopped at a stop sign, then proceeded through the intersection with Dryden.

Suddenly, defendant Charlene Johnson, who was driving west on Dryden, failed to stop at her sign and struck Allen, according to the complaint filed July 26 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the collision, Allen experienced physical pain, suffering and mental anguish; lost his earning capacity; and suffered physical impairment, the suit states. In addition, he incurred medical costs, the complaint says.

Allen blames Johnson for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to timely apply her brakes, failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to drive a safe manner, failed to maintain control of his vehicle, failed to keep a safe distance, failed to take evasive action to avoid a collision and disregarded a stop sign.

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

Tom Oxford of Waldman Smallwood in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A192-734

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