Suit over fatal collision dismissed

By David Yates | Sep 21, 2015

A suit brought by a Louisiana mother against a Jefferson County woman claiming wrongful death has been dismissed.

Earline Blakes, individually and as surviving parent of Thomas M. Walker III, filed a lawsuit on April 10 against Mahelia Vallian Hill of Beaumont in Jefferson County District Court, claiming liability in the March death of her son.

Court records show that on July 23 an order of dismissal was entered in the litigation, dismissing Hill with prejudice.

Three days earlier, the plaintiffs had filed a motion for non-suit, stating they no longer wished to pursue their claims against Hill.

According to the filing, Walker was driving his motorcycle north on Magnolia Avenue at the intersection of Delaware Street in Beaumont on March 29 when a vehicle driven by Hill failed to brake at a stop sign, striking the motorcycle.

Alleging that Hill had a duty to exercise ordinary care and operate her vehicle safely, the plaintiff cites the defendant with failure to keep a proper lookout, steer to avoid collision, apply her brakes properly, stop at the traffic sign and yield the right of way.

Blakes maintains that her son suffered physical pain and mental anguish during the time until his death; and that she suffers mental anguish and loss of parental consortium including care, comfort, companionship, services and love. The plaintiff seeks: unspecified compensation for funeral and burial expenses; damages; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney’s fees; expenses; and costs.

Attorney Thomas Moses of Beaumont represents her.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Jefferson County District Court case no. A-196985.

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