Carol Ostrow Jul. 6, 2015, 12:33pm


Two South Carolina residents filed suit against several entities in a 2014 pedestrian and motor vehicle accident involving a trucking company, its lessee, an employee and an insurance company.

Porthemos Curry and Sarah Dotson sued Jerome Raymond, Starr Textile Services of Louisiana LLC, Penske Truck Leasing Co. LP and National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana on June 25 on charges of negligence in a July 2014 accident said to have resulted in multiple injuries to the plaintiffs.

According to the suit, the plaintiffs were walking on the sidewalk along Camp Street in New Orleans on or about July 4, 2014, when a Freightliner truck owned by Penske, leased to Starr, and operated by Raymond suddenly struck a nearby tree, knocking it into the couple.

The suit states that Raymond was in breach of duty of reasonable care by driving the vehicle recklessly and too fast, failing to observe pedestrians and keep the truck under proper control. The complaint charges the remaining defendants with liability under respondiat superior.

Curry and Dotson allege injuries including contusions, abrasions, spinal strain, headaches, nerve damage, mental anguish, loss of wages and earning capacity, and medical expenses.

Requesting compensatory damages, attorneys' fees, expenses, and court costs, they are represented by Darleen Jacobs, Al Sarrat, and Michael Laborde in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana Case 2:15-cv-02314.

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