Kyle Barnett Oct. 13, 2014, 7:44pm


GRETNA – A telecommunications company is suing a motorist it alleges drove into a utility box, damaging it and cutting off service to customers.

Bellsouth Telecommunications LLC and AT&T Louisiana filed suit against Betty Schmalz and State Farm Automobile Insurance Company in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 15.

Bellsouth Telecommunications LLC and AT&T Louisiana allege that Schmalz was driving a car near Houma Boulevard in Metairie when she collided with a utility box. The plaintiff claims that the accident caused the interruption of services as well as property damage.

The defendant is accused of failing to know what should have been known, failing to see what should have been seen, operating a vehicle without utilizing precautions, operating a vehicle at an excessive speed, failing to keep the vehicle under control and violation of state law and parish statutes.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for repair costs and loss of use.

Bellsouth Telecommunications LLC and AT&T Louisiana is represented by Michael B. Alker of Mandeville-based Sutton, Alker & Rather LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division G Judge Robert A. Pitre Jr.

Case no. 741-372.

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