Motorist hits Port Arthur with $500K suit over officer’s collision

David Yates Jul. 22, 2015, 3:32pm


A suit seeking up to $500,000 in damages has been brought against the city of Port Arthur for an officer’s automobile collision.

Port Arthur local Jennifer Wonders filed suit against the city on July 14 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Oct. 17, 2014, Wonders was traveling south on the US 69 Service Road and entered an intersection when Elie Vanhorn, working in the course and scope of his employment with the city, failed to yield the right-of-way and collided with her vehicle.

The suit further accuses the officer of negligently failing to maintain a proper lookout and control his vehicle.

Seeking between $200,000 and $500,000 in damages, Wonders is suing for her pain, mental anguish, lost earnings, impairment and expenses.

Attorney Tom Oxford of the Beaumont law firm Waldman Smallwood represents her.

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

Case No. B-197335

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