Crash on E. Lucas leads to lawsuit

By Kelly Holleran | Oct 6, 2010

A Beaumont woman claims she has required ongoing medical treatment after sustaining injuries in a collision.

Diana Sonnier filed a lawsuit Sept. 23 in Jefferson County District Court against Shulonda Edwards and Yolanda Sells.

Sonnier claims she drove east on E. Lucas on Nov. 10, 2008, when Edwards struck her vehicle. At the time of the accident, Edwards drove a vehicle belonging to Sells.

In addition to the medical costs she incurred due to the collision, Sonnier suffered mental anguish, disfigurement and pain and lost wages, according to the complaint.

She blames Edwards for causing the collision, saying Edwards failed to control his speed, drove too fast, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to maintain a safe distance and failed to swerve to avoid a collision.

In addition, Edwards negligently failed to stop to avoid the accident, failed to timely apply his brakes and drove carelessly, the suit states.

In addition to Edwards, Sonnier names Sells as a defendant, saying Sells should have known Edwards to be a reckless driver and should never have lent her vehicle to him.

In her complaint, Sonnier seeks actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jason L. Cansler of Brent Coon and Associates in Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E188-417

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