An insurance company has filed suit against the driver who it claims hit one of its insured's vehicles, causing more than $12,000 in damage.

Coast National General Agency claims it had to pay $12,755.87 to Lakesha Renee Bell after defendant Chris Chiasson struck her on Nov. 20.

According to the complaint filed May 5 in Jefferson County District Court, Chiasson was driving a 2004 Chevrolet 1500 pick-up truck east on State Highway 87 in Port Arthur when he struck a 2008 Pontiac GT owned by Bell and insured by Coast National General Agency. Bell was heading south on Main Street when the collision occurred.

"The Bell vehicle had a green light and entered the intersection of SH 87 and Main St.," the suit states. "After crossing five lanes of traffic safely, the Bell vehicle was struck by Defendant, who was in the far right lane of Highway 87."

Chiasson negligently failed to yield the right-of-way, failed to keep a proper lookout and drove inattentively, the complaint says.

In addition to the money it says it is owed, Coast National General Agency is seeking costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

It will be represented by Laura D. Schmidt of Downs and Stanford.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A186-790.

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