Wreck between Ford trucks subject of lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Feb. 28, 2012, 3:12am

GALVESTON - Bacliff resident Juan Apolinar claims he was in a two-vehicle accident with Hays local Fidel Joe Campos Jr. almost two years ago.

A lawsuit filed Feb. 21 in Galveston County District Court states Campos caused the wreck in question on March 13, 2010, between him and Apolinar.

Court papers show the plaintiff, who drove a blue 1990 Ford F-350 pickup truck, was stopped at an intersection along FM 646 when a white 2004 Ford F-150 belonging to Austin resident Cruz Campos and driven by Fidel Joe Campos Jr. failed to yield the right of way, turned left and struck a vehicle which crashed into the complainant's.

According to the original petition, the alleged collision inflicted "significant" bodily injuries to Apolinar's back and right ankle, "resulting in injury to his body as a whole."

"Specifically, the plaintiff suffers from a posterior bulging disc at L3-L4 and L4-L5, measuring 1.8-2 mm; a posterior protusion-subligamentous disc herniation at L5-S1, measuring 3-3.5 mm," the suit says.

"The plaintiff also suffers from a right ankle contusion and strain."

Apolinar blames Fidel Joe Campos Jr. for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to control the speed of the vehicle, failing to properly and timely apply the brakes, failing to maneuver said vehicle in order to avoid the subject accident and failing to maintain proper control.

Cruz Campos is faulted for negligently entrusting his vehicle to Fidel Joe Campos Jr.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks more than $125,000 in damages.

He is represented by attorney Cynthia M. Frederick of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox.

Case No. 12-cv-276

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