Driver blamed for rear-end collision at red light

Kelly Holleran Feb. 18, 2013, 11:06pm

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims failed to obey a red traffic signal and struck her vehicle. 

Hilda V. Bell claims she was driving north on the service road for U.S. 69 at its intersection with Lucas on Aug. 9, 2011, when defendant Dajore J. Marks drove through a red light and struck her vehicle.

Because of the collision, Bell incurred medical costs, experienced physical pain and suffering, endured mental anguish and lost wages, according to the complaint filed Feb. 12 in Jefferson County District Court. He also suffered disfigurement and suffered damages to his personal property, the suit states.

Marks negligently failed to control his speed, failed to obey a red light, drove too fast, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep a safe distance between his vehicle and Bell’s, failed to swerve to avoid a collision, failed to stop to avoid a collision, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to observe traffic signals and drove carelessly, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Bell is seeking actual damages within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

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

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Case No. D193-932

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