Trials & Litigation
Jaywalking Teen Ticketed While in a Coma Leaves the Hospital and Sues the Driver
Posted Feb 3, 2011 7:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A 13-year-old Las Vegas teen who while in a medically induced coma was ticketed for jaywalking is out of the hospital, and she’s taking her own legal action against the driver accused of striking and injuring her.
The suit (PDF) filed on behalf of Takara Davis claims she was thrown about 100 feet when she was struck by a driver in a Toyota Camry at around 2:30 in the afternoon on Jan. 4, according to the New York Personal Injury Law Blog. Davis won’t have to go back to court to fight the jaywalking ticket, though; a judge dismissed it last week, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Fox5Vegas.com.
Davis’ mother, Kellie Obong, has criticized the officer who visited the hospital and handed her the ticket for her daughter.
Obong tells the Review-Journal that her daughter is now in rehab for brain injuries. The teen sometimes has difficulty hearing, is sensitive to light and has some personality changes, according to Obong. "I want her to be the same Takara that I sent to school that day,” Obong told the Review-Journal.
Headline changed at 7:40 a.m. in response to commenters.