Driver claims injuries caused after driver disobeyed red light

Kelly Holleran Aug. 5, 2013, 1:59pm

A Groves woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims disregarded a red light, causing a collision. 

Deena Foreman Holcomb claims she was stopped facing south at the intersection of State Highway 347 and Parkway Street on Jan. 3, 2012, and was waiting on the light to change. When her light switched to green, Holcomb proceeded through the intersection.

Suddenly, defendant Hien Thi My Nguyen, who was driving north, disregarded his red light and struck the passenger side of Holcomb’s vehicle, according to the complaint filed June 21 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the collision, Holcomb suffered cervical neck pain, bilateral shoulder pain, back pain and a closed head injury as well as right ankle contusions, the suit states. She also incurred medical costs; experienced physical pain, suffering and mental anguish; and lost her earnings, the complaint says.

Holcomb blames Nguyen for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to obey traffic signals, failed to avoid the incident, failed to maintain his vehicle and failed to drive as a reasonable person would have done under similar circumstances.

In addition to Nguyen, Holcomb names Truong Van Le as a defendant, saying she negligently entrusted her 2005 Ford Taurus to Nguyen.

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

Ryan Douglas White of Loncar and Associates in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Case No. B194-466

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