Woman seeks damages following collision

Kelly Holleran Dec. 11, 2012, 9:10am

A woman hopes to collect damages from the driver who she claims disregarded a red light and struck her vehicle. 

Maria Martinez filed a lawsuit Nov. 28 in Jefferson County District Court against Flora Dispany.

In her complaint, Martinez alleges Dispany disobeyed a red light and drove through an intersection at Blanchette and Fourth Street on Sept. 28, 2011. At the same time, Martinez was driving through the intersection after being given a green light. In turn, Dispany struck Martinez, according to the complaint.

Because of the accident, Martinez incurred medical costs, experienced physical pain and suffering and endured physical impairment and mental anguish, the suit states. She also lost her earning capacity, suffered disfigurement and incurred property damages, the complaint says.

Martinez blames Dispany for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to control her speed, drove too quickly, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep a safe distance between her vehicle and Martinez’s, failed to swerve to avoid a collision, failed to bring the vehicle she was driving to a stop and failed to timely apply her brakes, among other negligent acts.

In her complaint, Martinez is seeking actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Ryan C. Scott of The Scott Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B193-643

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