Minutes before its slated start, an automobile collision trial between area residents Rachel Limbrick and Martha LaZoya settled, giving jurors an early present for Valentine's Day.

The trial of Limbrick vs. LaZoya was slated to start Monday, Feb. 14, in Judge Milton Shuffield's 136th District Court.

However, the parties announced they had reached an undisclosed settlement before jury selection began.

Limbrick sued LaZoya in December 2009, alleging that on Oct. 20, 2009, LaZoya backed her vehicle into the driver side of her vehicle at a high rate of speed, severely injuring her.

In her suit, Limbrick accused LaZoya of negligently failing to sound her horn, apply her brakes in a timely manner and keep a proper lookout.

Limbrick was seeking damages for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney John Morgan represented her.

LaZoya was represented by attorney Thomas Adams.

Case No. B185-546

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