Kelly Holleran Oct. 24, 2012, 3:15pm

A woman claims she suffered shoulder and neck injuries after a driver rear-ended her vehicle.

Erika Leigh Peterson filed a lawsuit Oct. 15 in Jefferson County District Court against Joshua Oneal Young.

In her complaint, Peterson alleges she drove west in the 2600 block of North Street on Oct. 26, 2010, when she yielded to oncoming traffic and attempted to make a left-hand turn onto 11th Street. Suddenly, Young failed to control his speed and struck the back of Peterson’s vehicle, according to the complaint.

In addition to her injuries, Peterson incurred medical costs; experienced mental anguish, physical pain, suffering and disability; and lost her enjoyment of life, the suit states. She also lost her enjoyment of life and suffered physical impairment, the complaint says.

Peterson blames Young for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to maintain control of his vehicle, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes, drove in a negligent and unsafe manner, drove inattentively and followed Peterson too closely.

Peterson seeks a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

Jane S. Leger of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing her.

Judge Gary Sanderson has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B193-359

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