Intoxicated driver struck Jefferson County residents while driving wrong way on divided highway

Kelly Holleran May 2, 2013, 1:55pm

Two Jefferson County residents filed a lawsuit against the allegedly intoxicated driver who they claim struck their vehicle head-on while driving the wrong way on a divided highway. 

Joshua Michael Seymour and Kristen Maria Daigle claim they were riding in a 2002 Ford Mustang traveling west in the inside lane in the 4400 block of State Highway 73 on an overpass in Port Arthur on May 1, 2011, at about 1:38 a.m.

At the time, minors Zoe Yelena Pennino and Alexis Pauline Fruge were riding in the back seat of their vehicle, according to the complaint filed April 11 in Jefferson County District Court.

Suddenly, defendant Casper Eugene Hunley, who was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram east in the inside lane of the westbound lanes of State Highway 73, struck the Mustang head on, the suit states.

Because of the collision, Seymour, Daigle, Pennino and Fruge suffered physical pain and mental anguish, incurred medical costs and endured physical impairment, the complaint says.

The plaintiffs blame Hunley for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to maintain proper control of his vehicle, drove the wrong way on a divided highway and drove while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

In his complaint, Seymour and Daigle are seeking an unspecified judgment, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Larry C. Hunter of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing them.

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

Case No. B194-234

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