Driver blames injuries on collision

Kelly Holleran Aug. 26, 2013, 4:57pm

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims crashed into her vehicle after he failed to yield the right-of-way. 

Sharon Johnston claims she was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado south in the 400 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Beaumont on May 27, 2012.

At the same time, defendant Donald Russum was driving north in the 300 block of the same road. Russum attempted to make a left-hand turn when he crashed into Johnston, according to the complaint filed Aug. 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the collision, Johnston claims she suffered severe injuries to her neck and back, incurred medical costs, experienced extreme physical pain and suffering and endured mental anguish, the suit states.

Johnston blames Russum for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to control his speed and failed to timely apply his brakes.

In her complaint, Johnston seeks an unspecified judgment, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Michael R. McGown of Benckenstein, Norvell and Nathan in Beaumont and Barry C. Bennett of Bennett Legal in Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Case No. D194-624

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