A final judgment has been entered in a suit brought by an Orange County man claiming he sustained back and neck injuries after an allegedly intoxicated driver struck his vehicle.

As previously reported, Holace Skeel filed a lawsuit Oct. 14, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court against Juanita Pevy and Terry Simpson.

Court records show that the final judgment was entered on Oct. 29, stating that the parties have compromised and settled the suit.

Skeel alleged he was driving north in the 7600 block of Highway 69 on July 22, 2011, when Pevy failed to control her speed and struck the rear of Skeel’s vehicle, the suit states.

Following the collision, Pevy was arrested for driving while intoxicated, according to the complaint.

Skeel blamed Pevy for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to maintain complete control of the vehicle, failed to exercise due care, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply her brakes and drove while intoxicated, among other negligent acts.

Pevy drove Simpson’s vehicle at the time of the collision. Simpson negligently entrusted his vehicle to a driver he knew to be reckless, according to the complaint.

Skeel was seeking actual, punitive and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law and other relief the court deems just.

Clay Dugas and Mike Jacobellis of Clay Dugas and Associates in Beaumont represented him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, presided over the case.

Case No. E191-203

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