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Defendant in collision suit against PA puts blame on plaintiff

By David Yates | Oct 30, 2013

A defendant sued following an automobile collision is placing the blame for the incident on the plaintiff.

Seeing damages for injuries she sustained in an automobile collision with a city employee, Lizbeth Thomas filed suit against the city of Port Arthur on Jan. 18 in Jefferson County District Court. 

Beatriz Medina Cardenas was later added as a defendant.

On Oct. 25 Cardenas filed a first amended answer, asserting a general denial, court records show.

The answer also asserts the incident was caused by Thomas’ failure to keep a proper lookut, maintain a safe speed and distance behind Cardenas and failure to apply her brakes.

According to the lawsuit, on Oct. 21, 2011, Thomas was injured in a collision caused by a city employee who was in the course and scope of his employment at the time of the incident.

The suit accuses the employee of negligently failing to keep a proper lookout, driving at an excessive rate of speed, failure to yield the right-of-way and apply the brakes in a timely manner.

Thomas is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney John Werner of the Reaud, Morgan & Quinn law firm, represents her.

Cardenas is represented by Houston attorney R.J. Blue of Soule, Baldwin & Fanaff.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D193-835

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