Woman claims collision led to husband's death

Kelly Holleran Nov. 27, 2012, 8:59am

The wife of a recently deceased man has filed suit against the driver who she claims caused a collision, which led to her husband’s death. 

Lisa Naquin claims her husband, Gary Naquin Jr., was driving in Port Arthur on Jan. 27 when defendants Zola Ann Wilson, Jim Hardy and the Kansas City Southern Railway Co. caused a collision with his vehicle.

Due to the accident, Gary Naquin Jr. suffered mortal injuries and died on Jan. 27, according to the complaint filed Nov. 16 in Jefferson County District.

“Gary Naquin Jr. was 34 years of age at the time of his death, was in good health, and enjoyed an active and energetic life,” the suit states.

Because of her husband’s death, Lisa Naquin lost his care, maintenance, support, services, advice, counsel and contributions, the complaint says. In addition, Gary Naquin Jr.’s two children, Caden and Tylor have lost their father’s love, affection, solace, comfort, companionship, society, emotional support and happiness, Lisa Naquin claims.

Lisa Naquin blames Wilson for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, stopped in the middle of the road without a legitimate excuse, passed Hardy’s vehicle on the right, drove too fast, engaged in vengeful and dangerous driving and drove without regard for the safety of others on the road.

She also names Hardy and his employer, Kansas City Southern Railway Co., for the accident, saying Hardy negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to apply his brakes in a timely manner, drove too fast, engaged in dangerous driving and drove without regard for the safety of others.

In her complaint, Lisa Naquin is seeking a judgment within the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Case No. E193-612

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