Process server claims she was run over trying to serve Dickinson woman

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 21, 2012, 6:21pm

GALVESTON - A Webster woman alleges she was run over near a local high school two years ago, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed May 14 in Galveston County District Court says Ann Marie Whitmore, a certified civil process server, attempted to deliver legal documents to Dickinson resident Dalia Camargo Ramirez on May 17, 2010, when Ramirez struck the her with a silver Dodge Caravan.

Whitmore followed the defendant all the way to Dickinson High School prior to the alleged incident.

"When Dalia Camargo Ramirez stopped to let her children out of her vehicle, Ann Marie Whitmore approached to deliver process, and Dalia Camargo Ramirez accelerated at a high rate of speed before Ann Marie Whitmore could deliver the documents," the suit says.

The original petition further explains that the plaintiff noticed there was a circle drive and Ramirez would have to drive back past her to leave the school parking lot.

Whitmore then stood in the marked crosswalk in order to get Ramirez's attention.

"Dalia Camargo Ramirez slowed down and appeared as though she was going to stop and Ann Marie Whitmore stepped further out into the crosswalk," the suit says.

"Dalia Camargo Ramirez then accelerated while Ann Marie Whitmore was in the crosswalk, striking Ann Marie Whitmore and knocking her to the ground and running the back tires of the vehicle over Ann Marie Whitmore's hand."

According to the complainant, Ramirez stopped the vehicle, but fled the scene before police were summoned.

James Michael Ramirez is a co-defendant in the case because he is the presumed owner of the Caravan reportedly involved in the event in question.

The complainant consequently seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Attorney John H. Weigel of Webster is representing Whitmore.

Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-1215

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