Woman claims obstructed view caused auto crash

GALVESTON - Local resident Sandra Kim has filed a lawsuit alleging obstruction from a construction site caused her to get into a two-vehicle accident last year.

Recent court papers filed July 6 in Galveston County District Court claim a vehicle driven by Danny James Cobb of Galveston collided with the vehicle belonging to Kim on July 1, 2011, near the University of Texas Medical Branch.

The original petition shows Cobb "drove his vehicle out into the intersection of 13th Street and Market Street directly in front of or into the motor vehicle of the plaintiff" despite the complainant having the right of way.

According to the suit, the area contained real property undergoing construction at the time.

"The placement of fencing and other objects used in that construction obstructed the view of persons traveling on 13th from seeing traffic traveling on Market Street," the suit says.

"The obstruction was such that a person traveling south on 13th Street needed to actually enter the intersection before that person could determine whether there were vehicles traveling west on Market Street."

Kim insists she "had no way of knowing about the dangerous condition created by the construction."

Tellepsen Builders LP and the University of Texas System join Cobb as defendants in the case.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Travis Fanning with Bertini & Associates PC in Galveston is representing the complainant.

Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 12-cv-1472

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