Crash on Palmer Highway subject of lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Feb. 9, 2011, 8:32am

GALVESTON - An Alvin woman's lunch break ended prematurely because of a two-vehicle accident in Texas City two years ago, recent court documents say.

In a lawsuit filed Feb. 2 in Galveston County District Court, plaintiff Rebecca Annette Garcia accuses Marsha Carter Worley of failing to yield the right of way to her in the 2800 block of Palmer Highway on Feb. 5, 2009.

Worley's alleged disobedience of traffic laws caused the collision with the plaintiff, the original petition asserts.

Garcia says she was driving her 2007 Honda Accord eastbound in the far right lane when Worley - in a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck - reportedly exited left from Palmer Plaza and attempted to cross multiple lanes of traffic toward Palmer Highway.

"As the plaintiff approached the intersection where Worley was located, (the) defendant suddenly, and without warning, accelerated to turn left and head westbound on Palmer Highway into oncoming traffic," the suit says.

It adds Garcia attempted to avoid a collision by braking to no avail.

"The plaintiff was unable to avoid the collision and their vehicles collide and substantial property damage resulted," the suit says.

Garcia insists she suffered bodily injury and seeks a jury trial as well as approximately $100,000 in damages from Worley and her insurer State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

Attorney Tony G. Mendoza of Austin is representing the plaintiff.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor.

Case No. 11-cv-0179

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