Mom sues driver who crashed into school bus

Kelly Holleran May 21, 2010, 8:33am

A woman has filed suit against the driver she claims hit the school bus in which a minor child was riding, causing the child to sustain injuries.

Olga Castillo claims Salma Castillo was riding in a Beaumont Independent School District bus being driven east in the 1700 block of Highway 87 on May 9, 2008, when it stopped due to traffic.

Suddenly, defendant Leon B. Williams, who was driving a vehicle for defendants Gelco Corp. and PPG Industries, failed to control his speed and struck the bus, according to the complaint filed May 6 in Jefferson County District Court.

Because of the collision, Salma Castillo sustained permanent bodily injuries, lost her earning capacity, experienced physical pain and mental anguish and incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Williams negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast, failed to turn to avoid a collision, failed to timely apply his brakes and failed to keep proper control of his vehicle, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Olga Castillo is seeking a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus exemplary damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief to which she may be entitled.

She will be represented by Stephen N. Williams of The Williams Law Firm in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E186-800.

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