David Yates Jul. 20, 2016, 1:22pm


BEAUMONT – Seeking more than $1 million in damages, an area resident has filed an automobile collision lawsuit against the United Parcel Service and one of its drivers.

Through Mostyn Law, Anna Van Hook filed her suit against UPS and Anthony Mouton on July 14 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to her petition, Van Hook was traveling on U.S. Highway 69 near Cardinal Drive on June 17. A lane closure forced her and another vehicle traveling behind her to move over and slow down due to traffic congestion.

Mouton, who was allegedly traveling at an unreasonable speed, “violently” collided with the vehicle traveling behind Van Hook, causing it to collide with her vehicle.

In her suit, Van Hook says as a result of the “negligence and reckless acts” of UPS and Mouton, she witnessed a passenger in the vehicle traveling behind her sustain life threating injuries, “to which he later succumbed at the hospital.”

In addition to the emotional distress she suffered due to the passenger’s death, Van Hook says she sustained serious bodily injuries, including broken ribs and injuries to he neck and back.

Mouton is accused of failing to exercise reasonable care while driving the UPS truck.

UPS also owed Van Hook a duty to use a high a degree of care in screening, interviewing, vetting and hiring its employees, the suit states.

The defendants are further accused of gross negligence, entitling Van Hook to exemplary damages.

She is also suing for her medical expenses, actual damages, mental anguish, pain, lost earnings, impairment, disfigurement and attorneys’ fees, plus court costs.

Mostyn Law attorney Mark Sparks represents her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B-198731

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