Settlement reached in JC auto collision lawsuit

By David Yates | Dec 6, 2018

BEAUMONT – An automobile collision lawsuit settled before a jury could judge the case.

Area residents Brandon Chretien and Opal Tillman filed suit against Luke Hebert on Oct. 28, 2016 in Jefferson County District Court, seeking up to $200,000 in damages.

According to the lawsuit, on Dec. 3, 2014, the plaintiffs were riding together and at the intersection of Dowlen Road and Gladys Avenue when Hebert slammed into the rear of their vehicle.

Following the crash, Hebert attempted to flee the scene, the suit alleges.

The suit further accused him of negligently failing to control his vehicle and rate of speed.

The case was slatted for trial on Nov. 26 but settled that same day, court records show.

On top of punitive damages, the plaintiffs were seeking damages for their past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, pain, impairment and mental anguish.

Beaumont attorney Jonathan Juhan represented them.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, presided over the case.

Case No. A-199217

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