Defendant's failure to control speed cause of crash, suit says

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 12, 2011, 2:00pm

GALVESTON - In response to a two-vehicle collision in Galveston last year, Angela Tamez has filed suit against SWBT Purchasing & Leasing, SWBT Leasing and motorist Erik Gonzalez Leon.

Tamez claims Leon, an SWBT employee, caused the wreck on May 5, 2010, a lawsuit filed Aug. 30 in Galveston County District Court says.

Tamez was a passenger in a vehicle belonging to a friend while Leon, who was on the clock for SWBT, was traveling behind at the time of the incident in question.

"Instead of stopping for the traffic control device, defendant Leon failed to control the speed of his vehicle, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to obey the traffic control device and crashed into the back of the vehicle in which Ms. Tamez was a passenger," the original petition says.

"The force of the impact caused Ms. Tamez personal injuries."

Galveston police were then summoned to the scene. The investigating officer determined that Leon caused the collision and issued a citation to him for failure to control the speed of the vehicle, the suit says.

The plaintiff was taken to the nearby University of Texas Medical Branch where she was treated for apparent neck and back injuries.

She claims that she has not fully recovered from such injuries.

SWBT is accused of negligently hiring Leon and then entrusting one of its vehicles to him.

Consequently, Tamez seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by attorney Sherry Scott Chandler of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor.

Case No. 11-cv-1389

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