An Orange County man wants the court to order a company to provide depositions in relation to a collision which caused the man's vehicle to strike a tree and a concrete barrier.

Dominick Helveston filed a lawsuit Oct. 18 in Jefferson County District Court against Knife River Corp.

In his complaint, Helveston alleges he drove on N. Seventh Street near Knife River’s premises on July 31. Suddenly, a dump truck that had just left Knife River cut Helveston off, according to the complaint.

“As a result of the actions of the large dump truck, Petitioner attempted to take evasive actions,” the suit states. “Unfortunately, a water truck had recently sprayed water on the roadway in question and petitioner lost traction. As a result of the actions of the dump truck and the slipperiness of the road, Petitioner was forced off the roadway, struck a tree and then struck a concrete barrier.”

In his complaint, Helveston seeks a deposition from Knife River’s corporate representative that answers questions such as the identity of the driver of the dump truck and the driver’s employer. He also seeks documents such as photographs taken of the accident and any documents created as a result of the collision.

Chris M. Portner and J. Trenton Bond of Portner and Bond in Beaumont will be representing him.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B193-369

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