HOUSTON — An August 2022 trial has been slated in a lawsuit brought
by a woman alleging a Sonic employee threw a drink on her and caused her
to hit her head on the concrete.
Darnella Ward filed a complaint Aug. 9 in Harris County District
Court against TXSDI 5250 LLC, doing business as Sonic Drive Thru, and
Destiny Blackmon, also known as Destiny Blackman, alleging negligence
and other claims.
Ward alleges in her complaint that she was at the Sonic on North
Fry Road in Katy on June 18. She claims that while she was talking to
the Sonic manager, Sonic employee Blackmon walked up and threw a drink
at her which caused her to slip and hit her head on the concrete. Ward
also claims Blackmon then began to hit her and caused her to suffer
Court records show that on Nov. 11 a docket control order was
entered in the case, slating the litigation for trial on Aug. 9, 2022.
Court records also show Sonic answered the suit on Oct. 7, asserting a general denial and comparative negligence.
Ward alleges Sonic's negligence for failing to monitor its
employees on its premises, failing to properly train and perform
background checks on its employees and failing to have adequate
security, procedures and safety measures.
Ward further alleges Sonic negligently hired Blackmon and that they knew or had reason to know she was an incompetent employee.
Ward claims as a result of her injuries she has suffered pain,
mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, loss of earning
capacity and incurred medical treatment expenses.
Ward seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million, interest, trial by jury and all other just relief.
She is represented by Paul Higdon and Christopher Bertini of Higdon Lawyers in Bellaire.
Sonic is represented by the Law Offices of Sabrina R. Karels in Houston.
Harris County District Court case number 2021-48580