Suit says man caused four-car pileup

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 25, 2011, 8:10am

GALVESTON - A four-vehicle pileup in Santa Fe two years ago is the subject of a lawsuit filed Oct. 14 in Galveston County District Court.

Richard Kay, Patricia Kay, Katherine Garza and Alice Valdez claim Larry N. Alexander, John D. Wilson and Kim Louise Wood contributed to the collision in the 1300 block of FM 646 on Oct. 24, 2009.

Court papers state the plaintiffs were in a vehicle driven by Richard Kay at the time of the crash.

"Mr. Kay had slowed for traffic, when the plaintiffs' vehicle was rear-ended from behind as the front car in a four-car pileup," the original petition says.

The plaintiffs assert Alexander triggered the pileup, stating he "failed to maintain an adequate speed, to adequately break, to maintain a proper lookout, to take adequate evasive action and followed the vehicle in front of him too closely."

According to the suit, Alexander rear-ended Wilson's vehicle which, in turn, struck that of Woods from behind.

Woods then ran into the rear of the plaintiffs' vehicle, completing the chain, the suit says.

It also blames Wilson and Woods for excessive speed, improper distance and a failure to take proper evasive action.

Consequently, the complainants seek unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

They are represented by The Voss Law Firm.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner.

Case No. 11-cv-1613

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