Houston federal court dismisses Harris Co. resident's claims against USPS

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 20, 2013, 10:06pm

HOUSTON - A Harris County man's lawsuit arising from a January 2011 two-vehicle accident with a U.S. Postal Service worker was recently disposed with a U.S. District Court judge siding with the defendants, recent court records show.

Houston federal judge Gray H. Miller ruled in favor of USPS and the unidentified female mail carrier on April 8, closing the litigation launched by plaintiff James Harris.

Harris sued the postal service earlier this year on allegations a mail truck collided with him as he rode his bicycle in the 4700 block of Crane Street in Northeast Houston on Jan. 3, 2011.

He claimed Jane Doe pulled the USPS truck in front of him and caused him to nosedive into an overflow trench headfirst.

According to the suit, Harris sustained personal injuries as a result of the collision.

It blamed the USPS for vicarious liability given the woman’s actions while operating one of its trucks.

A motion filed by the respondents asserts Harris "failed to exhaust his administrative remedies" and that he did not respond to said motion.

The suit originated in Harris County District Court.

Harris sought no more than $100,000 in damages.

Case No. 4:13-CV-617

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