Driver's failure to yield at stop sign caused collision

Kelly Holleran Jun. 5, 2013, 3:42pm

A Nederland woman suffered severe bodily injuries after a driver failed to yield at a stop sign and struck her vehicle, according to recently filed court documents.

Jennifer Lee Simmons filed a lawsuit May 29 in Jefferson County District Court against Dorothy Auzienne Baker, Bonita Brown and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. 

In her complaint, Simmons says she driving north in the 1700 block of Savannah Street in Port Arthur on June 24, 2011, when Baker, who was driving east on W. 17th Street, failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the intersection. In turn, she collided with Simmons’s vehicle, according to the complaint.

In addition to her injuries, Simmons suffered great physical and mental pain, suffering and anguish; incurred medical costs; and lost wages, the suit states.

Simmons blames Baker for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to control her speed, failed to drive in a safe manner, failed to timely apply her brakes and drove inattentively.

Simmons names Brown as a defendant, saying she should never have allowed Baker to operate her vehicle, knowing she was a reckless driver.

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

Brandon P. Monk of The Monk Law Firm in Port Arthur will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A194-391

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