Carol Ostrow Jul. 28, 2015, 12:27pm


The insurer of a business is suing a motorist, alleging she crashed into the business, causing property damage.

United States Fire Insurance Company, as administrator of Sadaf Global Corp., filed a lawsuit July 15 in Jefferson County District Court against Nicole Chatman of Port Arthur, alleging liability in a 2014 collision that caused property damage to a business.

According to the complaint, on April 15, 2014, Chatman was operating her motor vehicle in a reckless manner while driving through a parking lot at 3948 Ninth 9th Ave., Port Arthur when accelerated her vehicle rapidly and collided with the insured’s gas/convenience store.

The suit says Chatman caused property damage to the building, exterior newsstands and window bars, interior shelving and walls, including a bulletproof glass enclosure. The damage included inventory and machines, and the plaintiff alleges the store was consequently closed for one night.

Not only was the defendant uninsured, according to the lawsuit, but she left the scene of the accident, in violation of Texas law. The suit states Sadaf Global Corp. sustained damage of $92,107.98, which the plaintiff paid to its insured and now demands from the defendant.

U.S. Fire Insurance seeks compensation for actual damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, expenses and costs. The company is represented by attorney Barata Hollis of HBH Law Offices in Frisco.

Jefferson County District Court case number D-197340.

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