League City wreck on Parkwood Ave. leads to lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Aug. 29, 2011, 7:16am

GALVESTON - Robert Clay Hellums claims Harris County resident Natasha Rhea Dryden collided with him head-on six months ago at a League City intersection, recent court documents say.

According to a lawsuit filed Aug. 24 in Galveston County District Court, Dryden made an unlawful left turn in the 300 block of E. Parkwood Avenue and smashed her 2006 Toyota Tundra into Hellums's 2005 GM Yukon last Feb. 14.

The plaintiff was traveling eastbound in the center lane in the 200 block of E. Parkwood Avenue while the defendant drove westbound on the same street with the intent to turn left onto E. Winding Way prior to the accident.

According to the lawsuit, Hellums says he had a green light, but Dryden did not wait her turn.

"Instead of waiting until it was safe to turn left as required by law, defendant Dryden unlawfully turned left into the immediate path of plaintiff Hellums' approaching vehicle which was so close as to be an immediate hazard," the original petition states.

The plaintiff asserts the defendant caused approximately $20,000 in damages to his Yukon, adding his head and neck snapped from the force of the impact while his body was restrained.

The suit shows Hellums amassed about $77,000 in medical expenses.

He is represented by attorney Thomas Lee Bartlett of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss.

Case No. 11-cv-1365

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