Elizabeth Manning has filed suit against the Beaumont Independent School District and one of its bus drivers, claiming the driver's negligence caused an automobile collision in December 2006.

The suit – filed in the Jefferson County District Court on March 19 – claims BISD's bus driver, Natalie Tillman, caused personal injuries to Manning by driving "recklessly and carelessly."

"On Dec. 14, 2006, a collision occurred because of the recklessness and carelessness of Defendants, causing severe and permanent injuries to Plaintiff," the suit said.

The suit does not give any more details on where or how exactly the collision occurred. The suit only accuses Tillman of negligently failing to keep a proper lookout, control her speed, apply her brakes and yield the right-of-way.

"BISD was negligent in entrusting its vehicle to Tillman ...," the suit said. "BISD is responsible for the torts of its employee under the doctrine of respondeat superior. Therefore, the Plaintiff will ask the jury to find an amount of compensatory damages that are fair and reasonable under the circumstances."

Manning is suing for past and future pain, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life and compensatory damages.

She is represented by Trenton Bond, attorney for the Reaud, Morgan & Quinn law firm.

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

Case No. B181-461

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