Man allegedly ran stop sign, caused wreck

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 2, 2011, 3:44pm

GALVESTON � Harris County residents Ruth and Yesenia Martinez have filed a $100,000 lawsuit against Cleveland Harris in response to a two-vehicle accident in Galveston more than a year ago.

Court papers filed April 18 in Galveston County District Court say Harris collided with the plaintiffs at the intersection of Avenue L and 50th Street on June 21, 2009.

Ruth Martinez was traveling westbound on Avenue L while Harris drove northbound on 50th Street prior to the alleged collision.

The suit argues that Harris ran a stop sign and caused the wreck.

"Suddenly and without warning, the vehicle being operated by the defendant disregarded the stop sign and entered the intersection striking the vehicle being operated by plaintiff, Ruth Martinez," the original petition says.

It insists the complainants did nothing to bring forth the accident and blames the defendant for failing to maintaining a proper lookout, failing to control the distance, failing to timely apply brakes, failing to control his speed, failing to change lanes in a safe and prudent manner, failing to maneuver his vehicle to avoid a collision and failing to stop at a legally constructed stop sign.

The plaintiffs say they incurred pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses and lost wages.

They are represented by Mestemaker & Straub.

Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-0660

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