Kyle Barnett May 22, 2015, 10:59am


GRETNA – A Gretna police officer and his employer are being sued by a man who claims he was severely injured when the officer ran a red light with his cruiser and collided with his vehicle.

Thomas Henry III filed suit against City of Gretna and Jerry Broome in the 24th Judicial District Court on April 8.

Henry alleges that on Sept. 20, 2014 he was driving through a green light at an intersection on Franklin Ave. in Gretna when Broome, serving in his capacity as a police officer for City of Gretna, ran a red light in his police cruiser and collided with Broome’s vehicle. The plaintiff contends he lost consciousness in the accident and received injuries to his head, knee and lower back.

The defendant is accused of failing to maintain proper control, failing to maintain a proper lookout, failing to drive in a safe and careful manner, failing to use reasonable vigilance, failing to avoid striking the plaintiffs’ vehicle, failing to follow standards for police officers and failing to obey traffic laws.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, property damage, rental car expenses and loss of use and value of vehicle.

Henry is represented by Linda S. Harang of New Orleans-based Law Offices of Warren A. Forstall Jr. LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Henry G. Sullivan Jr.

Case no. 748-456.

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