Experts retained in suit over TxDOT employee fatality

David Yates Jun. 13, 2011, 5:28am

Both the plaintiff and defendant in a suit filed on behalf of a deceased Texas Department of Transportation employee have retained several experts to solidify their case.

Last June, Maria Granja filed suit against Best Transportation Services and Sergio Munguia following the death of her husband, Santos Granja, who was killed on June 21, 2010, while performing work for TxDOT on Highway 73.

Court records show Munguia was driving a truck for Best Transportation when the tractor-trailer collided into several vehicles performing work on the highway, causing Santos Granja's death.

The Beaumont Enterprise reported that Granja, 52, of Beaumont, was putting down reflective markers on Texas 73 near LaBelle Road when the driver of an 18-wheeler barreled into two trucks that were following Granja's work crew.

On June 2 the parties submitted a list of experts to possibly testify in the case, court records show.

Best Transportation and Mungula have retained Dale King of Rimkus Consulting to inspect the freightliner and reconstruct the accident.

Leon Feazell, a safety consultant, has also been retained to review all documents and reports concerning the incident, court papers say.

According to the lawsuit, a total of four vehicles were involved in the collision. Granja, who was riding on a trailer attached to the first truck in the convoy, was killed. A total of four employees on the convoy were injured and taken to the hospital.

The defendants are represented by attorney Kent Adams of the Houston law firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. A187-120

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