Auto collision suit against Knife River heads to trial

David Yates Oct. 19, 2015, 3:26pm


An automobile collision suit filed against Knife River Corp. several years ago has been called up for trial.

Orange County resident Dominick Helveston filed a lawsuit Oct. 18, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court against Knife River, alleging a collision caused by the company caused his vehicle to strike a tree and a concrete barrier.

Jury selection in the case began Oct. 19. Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

In his complaint, Helveston alleges he drove on N. Seventh Street near Knife River’s premises on July 31, 2012, when suddenly a dump truck that had just left Knife River cut Helveston off.

“As a result of the actions of the large dump truck, Petitioner attempted to take evasive actions,” the original petition states.

“Unfortunately, a water truck had recently sprayed water on the roadway in question and petitioner lost traction. As a result of the actions of the dump truck and the slipperiness of the road, Petitioner was forced off the roadway, struck a tree and then struck a concrete barrier.”

Helveston will ask jurors to award him damages for his mental anguish, pain, and medical expenses.

Chris M. Portner and J. Trenton Bond of Portner and Bond in Beaumont represent him.

Case No. B193-369

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