Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and deputy named in car accident lawsuit

Kyle Barnett Aug. 21, 2012, 8:57am

GRETNA – A Livingston Parish man is suing a local sheriff's office for injuries he claims to have received when a deputy allegedly caused a car accident.

David R. Robertson filed suit against Richard Davis Smith, Sheriff Newell Normand and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 23. Robertson claims he was in the U-turn lane while traveling west on the Westbank Expressway when Smith, as on-duty sheriff's deputy on a mission, crossed over into his lane with his police cruiser which collided with Robertson's vehicle.

The plaintiff alleges the defendant executed an unlawful and improper driving maneuver.

He asserts that he received injuries in the accident to his neck, spine, shoulders, muscles and ligaments.

The defendant is accused of failing to maintain proper control of the vehicle in his possession, improperly and negligently allowing his vehicle to collide with another vehicle, operating his vehicle in a careless and reckless manner, failing to keep a proper look-out, failing to exercise proper control and supervision of vehicle in his care and use and being inattentive to his surroundings.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, discomfort, disability, mental anguish, humiliation, loss of earnings and loss of enjoyment of life.

Robertson is represented by Hammond-based attorney Douglas T. Curet.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Raymond S. Steib, Jr.

Case no. 717-292.

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