On Monday a Beaumont judge granted a motion for continuance in litigation brought by Phillip Spence, who claims Port Arthur local Nga Tran rear-ended him while stopping for a red light.

As previously reported, Spence filed suit against Tran on Aug. 9, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

Court records show that on Sept. 21 Spence filed a motion for continuance, stating that it is necessary to obtain the records of his new orthopedic specialist.

The motion states that Spence delayed treatment for the alleged injuries he suffered in the collision because it is difficult for him to take time off.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, granted the motion on Oct. 8, court records show.

The parties must submit an amended docket control order no later than Oct. 31.

According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 19, 2009, Spence was traveling south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Beaumont and had stopped at a red light at the intersection at Washington Boulevard when Tran rear-ended him.

The suit states Tran was cited for failing to control his speed.

The plaintiff is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Gordon Friesz of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele & Chatelain in Port Arthur represents him.

Case No. A190-658

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