Orleans Parish sheriff sued after deputy allegedly causes traffic accident

Kyle Barnett Aug. 22, 2012, 11:29pm

Przemek Lubecki

NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans woman is suing the local sheriff for injuries she received in a car accident with one of the sheriff's deputies.

Raquel Medina filed suit against Marlin N. Gusman in his official capacity as Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff and Deputy Todd Majors in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 19. Medina claims she was driving her car with her son on Rampart St. in New Orleans when Majors drove a van into her car.

The plaintiff alleges that the deputy ran a red light before he collided with her. Medina asserts that she was severely injured in the accident including injuries to her neck, back, head and right thumb and that her son received severe injuries to his head, face and left eye.

The defendant is accused of disobeying a red-light in violation of city laws, operating his vehicle at excessive speed, carelessly operating the vehicle, failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to give an audible warning when an accident was imminent, failing to maintain reasonable and proper control of his vehicle.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for bodily injury, mental anguish, physical suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses and loss of earnings.

Medina is represented by Przemek Lubecki of New Orleans-based Morris Bart, LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division H Judge Michael G. Bagneris.

Case no. 2012-07064.

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