Beasley Allen seeks justice for Auburn area teacher run down in crosswalk

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December 30, 2010

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Frankie Askew Bell was seriously injured in November when a motorist struck her as she crossed the street; Auburn University math and sciences Dean, Marie Wooten, was killed in the incident

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (December 30, 2010) -Julia Beasley, a lawyer with the Montgomery based law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Lee County teacher who was injured in an incident that occurred on the campus of Auburn University. Frankie Askew Bell, an Auburn-area teacher, was severely injured when she was struck by a car while crossing the street on campus in November. Mrs. Bell, who had the right of way, was crossing the intersection of South College and Donahue streets in a designated pedestrian crosswalk when she was struck by a car. The suit was filed on behalf of Mrs. Bell and her husband, Felix Bell.

The lawsuit alleges the driver of the car failed to yield the right-of-way to Mrs. Bell and another pedestrian in the crosswalk, striking both of them with his vehicle. Mrs. Bell suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries, and was airlifted to the hospital following the accident. She suffered serious and life-threatening injuries and is disabled as a result of the incident. The other pedestrian struck in the crosswalk was killed.

Prior to the accident, Mrs. Bell worked as a Loachapoka High School math teacher, and was a doctoral student at Auburn University’s College of Education’s educational leadership program. She and her husband live in Opelika, Ala., and have five children.

Julia Beasley, when filing the lawsuit, said she was seeking compensation for her client who was seriously injured in the incident. “This was a tragic event, but one that could have been easily avoided. Our client’s life has been changed as a result,” she said.

The complaint (CV-2010-900574.00) was filed December 30, 2010, in the Circuit Court for Lee County Alabama. ALFA General Insurance Corporation also is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The suit will be handled by the Beasley Allen firm along with J. Wesley McCollum, Jr., a lawyer with McCollum, Crutchfield & Wilson, P.C., in Auburn. 

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