Tow truck driver seeks $5M for crash with plumbing company vehicle

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Mar. 9, 2011, 7:00am

GALVESTON � After a vehicle he drove for a local towing company was reportedly broadsided on a Galveston street, Emmanuel Kastis is seeking $5 million in damages from Mitchell Chuoke and Mitchell Chuoke Plumbing Inc.

Kastis was waiting at a stop sign at the intersection of 57th Street and Broadway Boulevard on Nov. 10 when Chuoke allegedly jumped two curbs and struck him, according to a lawsuit filed March 4 in Galveston County District Court.

Kastis operated a vehicle belonging to 51st Street Towing. The business's owner, Julie Molis, is a co-plaintiff in the suit.

According to court papers, Chuoke was driving on his company's time when the incident occurred. He is faulted for failing to stay on the road thus running into the side of a stopped vehicle.

Kastis claims he suffered severe injuries to his neck, back, hip, head and other parts of his body while Molis incurred economic damages.

The plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial and $5 million in damages.

The Buzbee Law Firm is representing Kastis and Molis, and Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-0387

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