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Motor Vehicle Driver who T-boned other driver (recovers damages A jury on May 16 awarded $30,257 to a driver who was in a T-bone collision with a vehicle crossing the street on which she was driving. Stephanie Baird was driving north on Hollister Drive in Houston when the driver of a southbound vehicle yielded to another driver, Linda Perez, so that Perez could cross Hollister from a side street. Baird struck Perez. She alleged that the accident was Perez’s fault for failing to yield the right of way. Perez denied negligence, noting that the southbound driver had allowed her to cross. Baird claimed neck and ankle injuries; the defense argued that Baird had neck problems long before this accident. Baird v. Perez, No. 200553230 Court: 165th District Court, Harris County Plaintiff’s Attorney: Stephen G. Boutros, Law Offices of Stephen Boutros, Houston Defense Attorney: Wayne Adams, Law Office of M. Joseph Meynier IV, Houston Motor Vehicle Family of immigrant killed in accident receives $2.7 million The family of a man killed in an accident involving three tractor-trailers was awarded $2,710,400 on May 14. Marcos Camacho Rosas was in the passenger compartment of a Bradberry Trucking tractor-trailer driven by Melinda O’Brien. O’Brien, who was later found to have methamphetamine in her system, crossed the center line, hit another tractor-trailer head-on and overturned. Then another tractor-trailer, driven by Norman Crawford, hit the incapacitated Bradberry truck. All occupants of the Bradberry truck were killed. Camacho’s family sued Crawford, his trucking company, O’Brien’s estate and Bradberry. The jury found no negligence by Crawford or his employer and found O’Brien 75 percent at fault and Bradberry 25 percent at fault. Gonzalez v. Crawford, No. 06-04-18507-CVR Court: 143rd District Court, Reeves County Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Gregory H. Herrman, Herrman & Herrman, Corpus Christi; Douglas P. Peterson and Simon B. Purnell, Anthony, Peterson & Purnell, Corpus Christi; Scott Staha, Herrman & Herrman, Corpus Christi Defense Attorneys: Carlos Rincon and Ruben Duarte, Rincon Mounts, El Paso; Dick R. Holland, Clifton & Holland, Midland; Miles R. Nelson, Shafer, Davis, O’Leary & Stoker, Odessa Motor Vehicle Widow recovers $20.7 million against truck driver who caused accident A jury on May 15 awarded $20.7 million to the wife of a man who died following a highway rear-ender caused by a truck driver under the influence of crack cocaine. Robert Bohne, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, a collapsed lung and a vertebral facture, died about five months after the accident. Turner Yarbough, a driver for Enviroclean Management Services, plowed into a line of cars, causing a chain reaction. Bohne’s car rolled over and went off the road. Plaintiff’s counsel argued that Enviroclean didn’t make Yarbrough take a drug test before hiring him nor did it conduct random tests during his employment. The company also didn’t investigate his background, which included driver’s license suspensions and stints in drug rehabilitation. Bohne v. Enviroclean Management Services Inc., No. 05-04255-E Court: Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 5 Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Debbie D. Branson, Frank L. Branson, Thomas J. Farmer and Michael G. Guajardo, Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, Dallas Defense Attorneys: Tom Fee, Michael P. Sharp and Andrew Woodward, Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, Dallas Negligence Per Se Woman hit by bullet that came through window recovers $98k A woman who was struck by a stray bullet that came through her living room window was awarded $98,200 on May 3. Merla Guillory was at home watching television when a bullet shot through her window, went through one of her legs and lodged in the other leg. Alleging negligence, gross negligence and negligence per se, Guillory sued her next-door neighbors Horacio and Reyna Benitez and Omar Villa. She alleged that the bullet came from their house. Villa failed to respond to the lawsuit, and a default judgment was entered against him. The Benitez defendants denied the allegations, noting that deputies who searched their home found no weapons. The jury found Horacio Benitez 15 percent at fault, Reyna Benitez 15 percent at fault and Villa 70 percent at fault. Guillory v. Benitez, No. 200650718 Court: 61st District Court, Harris County Plaintiff’s Attorney: Gregory A. Stewart, Law Office of Gregory A. Stewart, Houston Defense Attorneys: Michael W. Blaise and Robert G. Smith Jr., Lorance & Thompson, Houston The verdicts and settlements above are reported and written byVerdictSearch Texas . Send verdicts and settlements to [email protected]m . Additional verdicts can be found inVerdictSearch Texas or at VerdictSearch.com, affiliates ofTexas Lawyer .

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