A pedestrian who was injured while watching a Mardi Gras parade has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy accusing its shuttle bus driver of negligence.

Linda Durr Hart and James Hart filed suit against the Department of the Navy and the United States of America, on Oct. 29 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, on Feb. 21, 2009, Linda Hart was standing on Canal Street behind police barricades watching a Mardi Gras parade when a shuttle bus drove too close and hit the barricade.

Hart states the passenger side mirror of the bus hit her in the head and neck and the barricade hit her lower back causing her to fall down.

The Navy shuttle bus operator Sabrina Davis is accused of negligence for following too close to the police barricade along the parade route, failure to maintain proper control of her vehicle and other acts of negligence.

Linda Hart is seeking damages medical expenses, for pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical pain and suffering. Her husband James Hart is seeking damages for medical expenses, loss of services and loss of consortium.

The plaintiffs are represented by Charles P. Ciaccio and William F. Wessel of Wessel & Associates in New Orleans. Jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10-cv-4156

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