Man claims injuries following multi-car collision

Kelly Holleran Aug. 5, 2013, 5:44pm

A Port Neches man claims his physical and mental condition seriously deteriorated following a collision. 

Raymond Christopher Gohlke filed a lawsuit July 24 in Jefferson County District Court against Rodney Carey Palmer, Empire Scaffold, Yessica Marisol Lua and Juan Lua.

In his complaint, Gohlke claims he drove south in the inside lane of State Highway 347 when Palmer, who drove north on the same road, failed to yield the right-of-way before attempting to make a left-hand turn.

While in the midst of the turn, Gohlke was unable to stop and struck Palmer’s vehicle, according to the complaint. Lua, who was driving behind Gohlke, then struck Gohlke’s vehicle, the suit states.

In addition to his impaired physical and mental condition, Gohlke suffered great physical and mental pain, suffering and anguish; incurred medical costs; and lost wages and his wage earning capacity, the complaint says.

Gohlke blames Palmer for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to drive in a safe manner and drove inattentively.

He also names Lua as a defendant, saying she failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to control her speed, failed to drive in a safe manner, failed to apply her brakes in a timely manner and drove inattentively.

Empire Scaffold had entrusted its vehicle to Palmer when it should have known of his reckless driving habits, according to the complaint.

In his complaint, Gohlke 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 him.

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

Case No. E194-557

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