David Yates Nov. 8, 2013, 3:07pm

A February trial has been slated in an automobile collision suit alleging the defendant driver was distracted by her cell phone.

While in the employment of A-1 Maida Fence Co., Sheri McKinley dropped her cell phone on the floorboard of her car. As she searched for the device, McKinley swerved and stuck Arien Jones’ vehicle, according to a lawsuit filed Dec. 31 in Jefferson County District Court.

As previously reported, Jones filed the suit against McKinley and the owner of A-1 Fence, Chris Maida III.

Court records show that on Sept. 13 a scheduling order was entered in the case, placing the litigation on the trial court’s February 2014 docket.

According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 16, 2012, Jones was traveling with her children southbound on Highway 69 in Hardin County. She had stopped near the intersection at Highway 418 when McKinley, who was distracted looking for her dropped cell phone, swerved into the side of Jones’ vehicle, the suit alleges.

The suit also claims McKinley negligently failed to keep a proper lookout and keep a proper lane.

Jones is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Clay Dugas represents her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B193-773

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