Drunk driving suit closed

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Apr. 9, 2012, 10:19am

GALVESTON - A Texas City woman's lawsuit in response to a two-vehicle accident with a drunk driver last September has been closed.

Plaintiff Raquel Edwards entered a motion for nonsuit into her suit against Galveston local Joe Stanfield Feb. 28, which was approved by Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Christopher Dupuy a week later.

In court papers filed Oct. 3, 2011, Edwards claims Stanfield was intoxicated when his vehicle rear-ended hers the previous month.

The plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck and back as a result of the collision in question, the suit says.

According to the original petition: "The defendant was intoxicated while operating his motor vehicle, failing to: keep a lookout, maintain a safe distance, avoid impact, control speed, properly change lanes, use brakes, which caused an impact with the plaintiff and resulted in her injuries."

The suit ultimately asserts that Stanfield "had actual, subjective awareness of the risk involved....., and nevertheless, continued with conscious indifference to the rights, safety or welfare of the plaintiff and others, and he did so during the commission of a crime."

Stanfield filed his original answer on Dec. 27, 2011.

He did not show opposition toward Edwards's motion, however.

Attorney Neil S. Levin of Houston represents the defendant.

Cause No. 66,127

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