Wreck between van, SUV leads to lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 2, 2011, 3:32pm

GALVESTON � Janis M. Orlando has filed suit against Sarah Pina Barajas over a car accident in Friendswood more than a year ago.

According to a lawsuit filed Apr. 18 in Galveston County District Court, Barajas collided with Orlando in the 400 block of W. Parkwood Avenue in the afternoon of July 1, 2009.

Orlando was driving a 2003 Yukon sports utility vehicle westbound while Barajas, in a 2007 Sierra van, was stopped in the center turn lane facing east. The defendant was about to turn into a private drive, the suit says.

Meanwhile, two unknown vehicles, one in the inside lane and the other in the middle lane, stopped in the westbound lanes to let the defendant make the turn.

The original petition points out that impaired vision from the two stopped vehicles caused Barajas to turn unsafely and strike the complainant's front bumper. Orlando claims her airbag deployed and singed her left forearm.

The suit blames the defendant for driving in a careless and reckless manner, failing to pay proper attention to the roadway and not applying her brakes on time.

It adds the plaintiff suffered injuries to her lumbar spine, right knee, big right toe, right foot and general body. Orlando reportedly underwent an arthroscopy and several months of physical therapy.

Consequently, she sues for $100,000 and requests a jury trial.

Attorney Gregory W. Allen of Houston is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-0655

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