Civil suit brought against city of Beaumont heads to trial

David Yates Aug. 17, 2015, 10:48am


In September 2009, Vidor resident Kenneth Sheppard filed a $5 million lawsuit against the city of Beaumont claiming it took too long to provide him with an incident report after a hit-and-run automobile collision.

The case was called up for trial on Aug. 17 in Judge Donald Floyd's 172nd District Court.

According to the original petition, on Sept. 30, 2007, Sheppard was returning home when he was struck by a F-250 Ford truck backing out onto into the intersection of 11th Street and the Interstate 10 feeder road.

The truck totaled Sheppard's vehicle and then fled the scene, he alleges.

The Beaumont Police Department failed to provide him with an incident report within the law required 10 days, which Sheppard alleges kept him from seeking medical attention, according to the original petition.

Sheppard says in his suit a lack of automobile insurance hindered him from seeking medical attention until he obtained the report.

In the eight months it took BPD to provide him with the report, Sheppard claims he racked up $5 million in damages, according to the original petition.

Sheppard is representing himself.

The city is represented by Senior Assistant City Attorney Quentin Price.

Case No. E185-008

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