David Yates May 24, 2016, 2:16pm


BEAUMONT – In February, a trial of a lawsuit brought by an area resident claiming he sustained spinal injuries after a driver failed to yield the right-of-way at an intersection ended in a favorable verdict for the defendant.

As previously reported, Wayne Earl Guice filed a lawsuit July 3, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court against Jonathan Quach.

At trial, a jury found Quach 75 percent negligent in causing the collision, awarding the remaining negligence to Guice, according to the charge of the jury, filed Feb. 11.

However, no damages were awarded.

On May 3 Quach filed a motion for judgment on the verdict, requesting the court render judgment pursuant to the findings of the jury.

A hearing on the matter was slated for May 24 but was cancelled, according to a courthouse official.

In his suit, Guice claims he was driving north on Gladys Avenue on May 24, 2012, when he attempted to proceed through its intersection with W. Lucas Drive.

Suddenly, Quach, who was driving south on Gladys Avenue, failed to yield the right-of-way as he attempted to turn east onto W. Lucas Drive, according to the complaint.

Quach collided with Guice.

Because of the collision, Guice sustained injuries, experienced severe pain and discomfort, incurred medical costs and sustained mental anguish, disability and physical impairment, the complaint says.

Guice blamed Quach for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep his vehicle under control and failed to recognize oncoming traffic.

Guice sought actual damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law and other relief the court deems just.

Beaumont attorney Clay Dugas represents him.

Quach is represented by William Jackson, attorney for the Houston law firm Cooper, Jackson & Boanerges

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

Case No. D192-647

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