$8K verdict awarded in car wreck trial

By David Yates | May 12, 2010

Nearly three years ago, Beaumont resident Guy Giesecke was allegedly speeding and struck the vehicle of Tina Byrd, injuring her "permanently."

On Tuesday, May 11, a Jefferson County jury ruled that Giesecke was indeed negligently speeding and awarded Byrd $8,500 in damages.

The trial of Byrd vs. Giesecke began May 10 in Judge Milton Shuffield's 136th District Court.

Court documents show that on Aug. 20, 2007, Byrd was driving a Toyota Rav 4 when Giesecke, driving a Chevy Silverado truck, "failed to control his speed and struck Byrd."

"As a result of said accident, plaintiff sustained severe and permanent personal injuries," Byrd's original suit states. "Defendant was guilty of certain acts ... all amounting to negligence.

In addition to speeding, other alleged acts of negligence included failure to keep a proper lookout, failure to maintain control of the vehicle and failure to apply the brakes in a timely manner.

Jurors awarded Byrd $2,500 for her past mental anguish and $6,000 for her past medical expenses.

Jurors declined to award any damages for future mental anguish and medical expenses.

Byrd originally filed her suit May 21, 2008, in Jefferson County District Court.

She was represented by attorney Dan Ducote Jr. of the Moore Landrey law firm.

Giesecke was represented by attorney Warrenson Payne.

Case No. D181-784

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