A woman who was severely injured in a traffic accident when an 18-year-old girl drove the wrong way on Interstate 540 sued Bentonville, Texas, saying the city did not do enough to keep the teen off the roads.
Thersia Ann Herron, 57, is permanently disabled and has incurred $250,000 in expenses from the accident, according to the suit filed in Benton County Circuit Court by Fayetteville attorney Derrick Davidson.
Jordan L. Miller, 18, of 103 Somerset Drive in Bentonville, faces charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and driving under the influence of inhaled intoxicating compounds, the suit states. She is to appear in Bentonville District Court.
The outrage and negligence suit claims the city and Bentonville District Court should have known that failing to revoke Miller’s license for previous violations would result in Miller injuring other motorists.
Police reports state Miller drove southbound in the northbound lane of I-540 near Exit 88 about 6 a.m. Two Bentonville police units were attempting to stop her when she hit Herron’s vehicle.
Miller told Arkansas State Police investigators she drank vodka, then purchased dust cleaner at Wal-Mart and inhaled it before driving. She didn’t remember officers trying to stop her, and she did not remember the crash; she was not injured in the collision.
Herron’s injuries included a ruptured spleen, a lacerated liver and shattered bones in her arm, femur and pelvis. She has a head injury, can no longer work, and has no medical insurance, the suit states.
The suit states Miller was ticketed in June for public intoxication and careless or prohibited driving, and convicted during the 18 months previous for reckless driving and twice for hazardous driving.
Charges against Miller, who the suit claims now is a student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., are being pursued by the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office.
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