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Suit over auto collision on Highway 69 results in $32K jury verdict


By David Yates | Jul 22, 2019


BEAUMONT – A Jefferson County jury recently awarded a Port Arthur couple around $32,000 in damages for injuries they received in a highway collision.

Isaiah and Eva Pryor filed suit against Ngot Van Tran on March 17, 2015 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the third amended petition, on Nov. 4, 2013, the plaintiffs were traveling south on Highway 69 in Port Arthur when the defendant allegedly failed to control his speed and struck their vehicle.

The suit further accused the defendant of negligently failing to maintain a proper lookout.

The defendant asserted a general denial, court records show.

The case was called up for trial in mid July.  

According to the court’s charge, the jury awarded Eva Pryor $6,000 for her past pain, $9,000 for past mental anguish and $10,907.28 for past medical expenses. No damages were awarded for any alleged future pain, future mental anguish, past or future impairment, or future medical expenses.

Isaiah Pryor was awarded $5,000 for his past mental anguish and $1,624.81 for past medical expenses.

The plaintiffs are represented by Provost Umphrey attorneys James Payne, Ronnie Turner Jr. and Sean Villery-Samuel.

Judge Justin Sanderson, 60th District Court, presided over the trial.

Case No. B0196855

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