Two sue driver over wreck on I-10

Kelly Holleran Aug. 1, 2011, 8:47am

Two Jefferson County residents have filed suit against the driver who they claim rear-ended their vehicle, causing them to sustain serious injuries.

Maria Del Rosario Lucio and Oscar Reyes Cano claim they were riding in a vehicle merging from the northbound feeder lane of Interstate Highway 10 into the eastbound lane of the highway on July 26, 2010, when their vehicle stopped to yield to oncoming traffic. Suddenly, defendant Kathy Sue Cantwell rammed into the back of their vehicle, according to the complaint filed July 22 in Jefferson County District Court.

In addition to their injuries, Lucio and Cano experienced pain, suffering and mental anguish and incurred medical costs, the suit states. They also lost enjoyment of their everyday life activities, the complaint says.

They blame Cantwell for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stay alert, failed to take proper evasive action, failed to timely apply her brakes, failed to maintain control of her vehicle and failed to keep a safe distance between her vehicle and the plaintiffs'.

In their complaint, Lucio and Cano are seeking damages within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus interest, pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

They will be represented by Richard W. Hatfield of Harris, Duesler and Hatfield in Beaumont and by Mario A. Rodriguez of the Law Office of Mario A. Rodriguez in Houston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A1190-554

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