Dallas company sued after employee checks cell phone, causes collision

David Yates Jan. 2, 2013, 11:38am

Louisiana resident James Reynolds Jr. is suing Specialized Maintenance Services, a Dallas company, and one of its employees, Robyn Gilchriest, who allegedly caused an automobile collision by checking her cell phone. 

The suit was filed Dec. 19 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Reynolds was stopped at a red light on Washington Boulevard in Beaumont. Gilchriest was traveling behind him when her cell phone rang.

As she took her eyes off the road, she rear-ended Reynolds’s vehicle, the suit states.

Gilchriest was in the course and scope of her employment with SMS at the time of the incident, the suit states.

The suit accuses her of negligently failing to keep a proper lookout.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, loss of household services and lost wages.

Houston attorney Patrick McGinnis of Gauthier, Hougtaling & Williams represents him.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D193-730

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