Woman accuses construction company of creating large hole, causing bike accident

Kelly Holleran Apr. 29, 2013, 4:26pm

A Port Arthur woman is attempting to collect monetary damages after she claims she fell in a hole adjacent to the road while riding her bike. 

Judie Williams filed a lawsuit April 15 in Jefferson County District Court against PM Construction and Rehab.

In her complaint, Williams claims she fell in a large hole next to the road that had been created by PM Construction. Just before the incident, Williams was riding her bicycle down 10th Avenue near the 1800 block in Port Arthur on Dec. 4 at about 8 p.m. Williams was not able to see the hole because PM Construction had failed to mark or barricade its perimeter, according to the complaint.

Due to the incident, Williams sustained severe injuries to her head, face, neck and back; incurred medical costs; and suffered physical pain and mental anguish, the suit states. She also suffered physical impairment, disability and disfigurement, the complaint says.

Williams accuses PM Construction of negligence, saying it created a dangerous condition, failed to warn of a dangerous condition, failed to correct a dangerous condition, failed to install warning signs, failed to provide sufficient training and failed to keep the area in a safe and proper condition.

In her complaint, Williams seeks an unspecified judgment, plus interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Rocky Lawdermilk of Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Case No. E194-243

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