John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Apr. 19, 2013, 10:48am

GALVESTON - Harris County resident Lori Reynolds is suing a Florida man after a collision at a Galveston beach, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed April 15 in Galveston County District Court alleges Lake Worth, Fla., resident Steven Long, IV was surfing in Reynolds's vicinity of the water when he slammed into the plaintiff on April 16, 2011.

Reynolds was accompanying a friend's child at the time of the incident in question, the suit says.

According to the original petition, Long "suddenly and unexpectedly" lost control of his surfboard and the board struck the complainant in the face.

Labeling the purported injuries as "severe," Reynolds asserts the accident left her with a facial scar.

She blames the defendant for:

  • Failing to properly tether his surfboard to his leg;

  • Failing to keep a proper lookout;

  • Failing to properly control the board; and

  • Failing to keep a safe distance.

The suit adds that the beach had warning signs for surfers.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney Dean Barth of The Hennessy Law Firm in Houston is representing Reynolds, and Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-550

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