I-10 wreck subject of Louisiana woman's lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 21, 2013, 2:30pm

GALVESTON - A Louisiana woman has filed suit over a two-vehicle accident with a League City resident along a stretch of Interstate 10 near Houston which occurred almost two years ago, recent court documents say. 

In a lawsuit filed Jan. 14 in Galveston County District Court, Jefferson Davis Parish resident Jill Gayle claims Melissa Neal, doing business as National Grave Liners and National Cemetery Service, caused the wreck in question the morning of March 31, 2011.

Ricky Neal, also of League City, and National Graveliners Inc. are also defendants in the case.

The suit shows both Gayle and Melissa Neal were traveling westbound on I-10 with the latter driving a vehicle and a trailer belonging to Ricky Neal and their business on the outside lane.

Gayle asserts that Melissa Neal changed lanes to the second to outside lane "with complete disregard" for her vehicle and brought on the subject collision.

According to the original petition, the complainant was subjected "to tremendous force and serious injury."

Melissa Neal is faulted for:

  • Failing to keep a proper lookout;

  • Failing to timely apply brakes;

  • Failing to control the vehicle;

  • Failing to act and/or respond in a reasonable manner; and

  • Failing to account for the vehicle driven by the plaintiff.

Meanwhile, Ricky Neal and their business interests are blamed for negligently entrusting the company-owned vehicle and trailer to Melissa Neal.

Consequently, Gayle seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorney Cristobal M. Galindo of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor.

Case No. 13-CV-0066

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