Kyle Barnett Jan. 7, 2015, 6:24pm


GRETNA – The State of Louisiana is suing an uninsured motorist whose car hood flew up while he was driving on a local highway allegedly causing him to run into and severely damage State property.

State of Louisiana through Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development filed suit against Travis M. Toscano and Maria Ann Fevola in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 23.

The State of Louisiana alleges that Toscano was driving a car owned by Fevola on the Westbank Expressway in Jefferson Parish when the hood of the vehicle flew up blocking his view and causing him to lose control of his vehicle and crash into a cable barrier and his vehicle to catch fire. The plaintiff contends that the cable barrier was severely damaged in the incident, which had to be repaired.

The defendant is accused of driving a motor vehicle without insurance, failing to maintain control of the vehicle, failing to take proper evasive action, failing to apply brakes to avoid the accident and operating a vehicle in a careless and reckless manner.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for costs of the repairs.

The State of Louisiana is represented by Assistant Attorney General J. Andrew Murrell.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

Case no. 743-668.

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