Mother sues over drowning death of husband, children in Texas City Dike

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 18, 2011, 2:52pm

GALVESTON – Harris County resident Edith Suarez is suing the city of Texas City over the drowning deaths of her husband and two children.

According to a lawsuit filed July 7 in Galveston County District Court, Hector Suarez and the unnamed twin girls died at the Texas City Dike last Oct. 3 because of the city's failure to place warning signs in the area.

Recent court documents show the Edith and Hector Suarez paid the defendant to access the dike for a family outing.

They further explain that the couple's daughters ventured north toward the dike for a swim.

The children then began to struggle in the water, prompting their father to rescue them. All three drowned.

Edith Suarez argues the incident could have been prevented had the defendant gave warnings about swimming in the area or strong undertows, currents, unstable bottoms or holes or warnings of the concealed dangers.

She intends to prove that the city does not have the right to evoke sovereign immunity and insists it had the ways and means to protect visitors to the dike.

Attorneys Alton C. Todd of Friendswood and Jimmy Doan of Houston are representing Edith Suarez.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss.

Case No. 11-cv-1108

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