Car wreck trial ends with 40K verdict

David Yates Feb. 29, 2016, 4:34pm


Two Port Arthur residents who sued a Port Neches driver after being involved in a car accident were recently awarded nearly $40,000 in damages.

As previously reported, Niki Boudreaux and Samantha Hernandez filed a lawsuit May 6, 2014, in the Jefferson County Court against Zack Byrd, citing negligence.

According to the original petition, Boudreaux and Hernandez were traveling north in the 1900 block of FM366 and Magnolia Street on Aug. 10, 2013, when Byrd turned left without yielding to the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs alleged the collision, injuries and damages were caused by the defendant's negligence.

According to the charge of the court, filed Feb. 29, jurors were asked what sum of cash would fairly compensate the plaintiffs respectively, awarding Boudreaux $3,266.17 for her medical expenses, $100 in lost wages, $18,500 for her physical pain and suffering and $1,500 for her impairment.

Hernandez was awarded $6,386.48 for her medical expenses, $200 for lost wages, $10,000 for her pain and suffering and no money for her impairment.

The plaintiffs were seeking monetary damages of more than $200,000, but not more than $1,000,000, according to the original petition.

Boudreaux and Hernandez are being represented in the case by attorney David P. Wilson.

Byrd is represented by attorney Daniel Smoke.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, presided over the trial.

Jefferson County Court Case No. A-195670.

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