Woman sues red-light runner

By Kelly Holleran | May 17, 2010

A Montgomery County woman claims she sustained injuries to her neck, shoulders, left shoulder and left arm after a driver struck another vehicle, pushing that vehicle into hers.

Kelley Haynes filed a lawsuit May 5 in Jefferson County District Court against Jeremy Corbello.

Haynes claims she waited in her 2007 Ford Explorer at the intersection of Eighth Street and College Street in an attempt to turn west on College Street on Sept. 8, 2008, when the incident occurred.

According to the complaint, as Haynes waited, Corbello, who drove a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt east on College Street, took his eyes off the road, proceeded through a red light at the intersection and crashed into a vehicle operated by Donald Dunn Jr., who drove south on Eighth Street, according to the complaint. In turn, Dunn crashed into Haynes, the suit states.

In addition to her injuries, Haynes incurred medical costs; experienced extreme physical pain, suffering and mental anguish; suffered physical impairment and physical disfigurement; and lost wages and her wage-earning capacity, the complaint says.

Haynes blames Corbello for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to apply his brakes to avoid the collision, failed to turn his vehicle to the left or to the right to avoid the collision, failed to stop at a red light and failed to control his speed.

In the complaint, Haynes seeks actual damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Barry C. Bennett of Eddins and Bennett Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D186-789.

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