In a case involving a car accident, Payne claimed that he had the right of way with a green light and that Jones had only a green arrow when she turned in front of him. Payne initially brought suit against Jones in District Court, where he was awarded damages.
The case was appealed and the matter was tried by Valerie K. Williams in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. At time of trial it was argued that Jones (represented by Valerie K. Williams) had the right of way with a green arrow and that Payne ran through a steady red light. The jury found in favor of Jones and she was compensated for the damage to her vehicle in addition to her pain and suffering.