Boat crash leads to suit

David Yates Aug. 29, 2007, 8:51am

Allen Parker

A docking rendezvous ended badly when a Houstonian's vessel collided with the Pleasure Island Shrimp House.

Lot Inc., owners of Pleasure Island Shrimp, is suing Tuan Van Tran for crashing his vessel the Diane I into its restaurant's docks.
Through attorney Allen Parker, Lot filed its lawsuit with the Jefferson County District Court on Aug. 24.

"Plaintiff brings this suit to recover damages sustained as a result of a collision of the defendant's vessel, Diane I, and the plaintiff's dock, on Aug. 27, 2005, which collision was proximately caused by the negligence of the defendant," the suit said. "At the time of the occasion in question, the vessel, Diane I, was approaching plaintiff's dock to dock the boat."

The suit alleges Tran failed to use ordinary care while docking said vessel, failed to properly operate vessel at a safe speed, failed to stop the vessel in a timely manner and failed to have adequate lookouts and crew.

"As a result of the collision described above, plaintiffs' dock has suffered severe damage," the suit said. "The damages shall require extensive repair. Also, plaintiff has not been able to use the dock and in turn has suffered economic damages."

The plaintiff is suing for judgment against defendant for a sum within the jurisdictional limits of the court, prejudgment and postjudgment interest as provided by law, costs of suit and such other and further relief to which plaintiff may be justly entitled.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District, will preside over the case.

Case No. D179-892

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