Collision trial starts at Beaumont courthouse

David Yates Aug. 17, 2015, 11:05am


Jury selection began Aug. 17 in a lawsuit brought by a Port Arthur man who sued the driver he claims failed to keep a proper lookout and struck his vehicle.

Arthur Harrison filed the complaint Jan. 10, 2013, in Jefferson County District Court against defendant Justin Jamal Washington.

Harrison claims he was driving on Highway 73 in Port Arthur on Dec. 2, 2011, when Washington failed to control his speed and struck Harrison’s vehicle.

Harrison will ask jurors to award him damages for his medical costs, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment.

He alleges Washington negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to control his speed and drove inattentively.

Harrison had also named Walter Washington as a defendant, saying he owned the vehicle belonging to Justin Jamal Washington.

Attorneys James E. Payne, Jennifer Job Seale and Ronnie Turner Jr. of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont representing him.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is presiding over the trial.

Case No. D193-810

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