Woman who initiated I-10 pileup claims no-evidence of her causing subsequent crashes

By David Yates | May 17, 2017

BEAUMONT – A woman named as a defendant in an automobile collision lawsuit recently filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that, even though she apparently initiated a pileup on I-10, there’s not evidence she caused the subsequent crashes.

Kayla Johnson filed suit against Carolina Southern Trucking, James Paul Waddy and Beatriz Flores in Jefferson County District Court on March 26, 2015.

According to the suit, Johnson was driving eastbound on I-10 in Beaumont on Feb. 27, 2015. When she slowed for traffic, defendant Waddy struck her vehicle from behind while driving in the scope of his employment with Carolina Southern Trucking.

Flores is cited with contributing to the cause of the accident. Prior to Johnson’s car being struck, Flores had failed to control her speed and struck another vehicle, hence blocking a portion of the highway and creating a traffic hazard to oncoming motorists.

Court records show that on April 21 Flores filed a motion for summary judgment, contending there is no evidence to support Johnson’s claims and that an adequate time for discovery has passed.

On May 8, Johnson filed a response, arguing that Flores’ accident caused an “uncharacteristic back-up in traffic.”

Johnson maintains Flores owed her a duty and that she breached that duty.

Citing pain, suffering, anguish and disability, Johnson seeks compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, pre- and post-judgment interest, exemplary damages, attorney’s fees, expenses and costs.

She is represented by Clay Dugas of Clay Dugas & Associates in Beaumont.

Flores is represented by Beaumont attorney Collin Shellenberger of Germer PLLC.

Jefferson County District Court Case A-196882

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