Woman says collision caused after driver failed to yield right-of-way

Kelly Holleran Aug. 26, 2013, 4:43pm

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she claims failed to obey a stop sign and struck her vehicle.

Denise Lynette Herd claims she and Kayla Herd were traveling north at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Euclid Street in Beaumont on June 30, 2012, when defendant Jerry Self allegedly proceeded through the intersection after stopping at a stop sign. 

However, Self did not have the right-of-way and struck the rear passenger side of Herd’s vehicle, according to the complaint filed Aug. 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the accident, Denise Lynette Herd and Kayla Herd experienced physical pain and suffering, endured mental anguish and emotional distress and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Denise Herd says Self negligently failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to take evasive action to avoid the collision, drove too fast and failed to drive at an appropriate speed.

In her complaint, Denise Herd is seeking actual damages of more than $100,000 but less than $200,000, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, court costs and other relief the court deems just.

David Salazar of The Salazar Law Firm in Houston will be representing her.

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

Case No. B194-622

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