Beaumont woman sustains injuries during collision, suit says

Kelly Holleran Jan. 19, 2013, 1:25pm

A Beaumont woman claims she sustained injuries after a driver struck her stopped vehicle in an intersection. 

Trina Hawkins filed a lawsuit Jan. 2 in Jefferson County District Court against Odell Gibbs.

In her complaint, Hawkins alleges she was stopped in the southbound lane in the 2400 block of Concord on May 15 when Gibbs, who was driving north on the same road, attempted to make a left turn into the 1800 block of Cottonwood. In the midst of the turn, Gibbs struck Hawkins’s vehicle, according to the complaint.

Because of the collision, Hawkins suffered neck, back, chest and body injuries; incurred medical costs; suffered mental anguish, physical pain and disability; and lost her enjoyment of life, the suit states. She also suffered physical impairment, the complaint says.

Hawkins blames Gibbs for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to yield the right-of-way, 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 and drove inattentively.

In her complaint, Hawkins is seeking 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.

James E. Payne and Ronnie Turner Jr. of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Case No. E193-783

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