‘Amicable resolution’ reached in collision suit

David Yates Nov. 8, 2013, 2:49pm

An “amicable resolution” has been reached in an automobile collision lawsuit.

Last December, Louisiana resident James Reynolds Jr. field suit against Specialized Maintenance Services, a Dallas company, and one of its employees, Robyn Gilchriest, who allegedly caused an automobile collision by checking her cell phone. 

The suit was filed Dec. 19 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on Aug. 2 Reynolds filed a motion to dismiss, stating that the parties had reached an “amicable resolution.”

That same day, Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, granted the motion, ordering that the defendants be dismissed with prejudice.

According to the lawsuit, Reynolds was stopped at a red light on Washington Boulevard in Beaumont. Gilchriest was traveling behind him when her cell phone rang.

As she took her eyes off the road, she rear-ended Reynolds’s vehicle, the suit states.

Gilchriest was in the course and scope of her employment with SMS at the time of the incident, the suit states.

The suit accused her of negligently failing to keep a proper lookout.

Reynolds was suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, loss of household services and lost wages.

Houston attorney Patrick McGinnis of Gauthier Hougtaling & Williams represents him.

Case No. D193-730

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