Pharmacy vehicle involved in wreck, suit filed

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 23, 2010

A Jefferson County man has filed suit against the company that owned a vehicle that collided with his.

Rudy Orta claims he was driving east on Dryden Road in Port Arthur on Dec. 29, 2008, when Grant Kiffe, who was driving a vehicle owned by defendant L & J Pharmacies, pulled into oncoming traffic and collided with his vehicle.

Because of the collision, Orta suffered injuries to his back, leg and body and suffered great pain and anguish, according to the complaint filed Aug. 13 in Jefferson County District Court. In addition, he incurred medical costs and suffered disfigurement, the suit states.

Kiffe negligently failed to maintain control of the vehicle, failed to give appropriate attention to the operation of the vehicle, failed to use reasonable care, failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to control his speed and failed to yield the right-of-way, the complaint says.
In his complaint, Orta is seeking actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Richard G. Lewis of Boneau and Lewis in Port Arthur will be representing him.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: D187-544.

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