by Ron Gregory
Williamson – A Mingo County jury has returned a verdict in favor of John Noe of Pigeon Creek in connection with a 2013 automobile accident.
Noe, as a defendant, was represented in the trial by attorneys Greg “Hootie” Smith and Zachary Staten of the Smith Law Office in Williamson and Perry Oxley and Jarrod Jordan of Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP of Huntington.
The two-day trial was conducted by Mingo County Circuit Judge Miki Thompson. Jamie Lee Mahon was the plaintiff.
Evidence presented to the jury showed that during the early morning hours of November 9, 2013, Mahon was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck toward Delbarton. Noe was driving a 1998 Chevy pickup headed in the opposite direction toward Belo. The incident occurred on Route 65 in Cabin Curve near Belo, the evidence showed.
A head-on collision occurred between the two vehicles. Both drivers demonstrated severe injuries as a result of the mishap, according to the evidence. The jury was charged with determining which driver was negligent and caused the accident.
After deliberating for about two hours, the jury returned a verdict declaring that Mahon’s negligence was the proximate cause of the collision.
Noe said after the trial that he was “very thankful” to be vindicated.
Mahon was represented by Jeffrey Simpkins of Simpkins Law Office in Williamson and Todd Mounts of Shaffer and Shaffer PLLC in Madison.