John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 20, 2013, 11:00am

GALVESTON - A Harris County man has brought a lawsuit against Animals of the Earth Inc. after his minor son was allegedly hurt during a tram ride last year at the defendant's park.

In court papers filed June 19 in Galveston County District Court, Arthur Reyna Sr. claims the tram driver at Bayou Wildlife Park operated the vehicle in a negligent manner on March 27, 2012.

The suit also lists the boy as a plaintiff.

The elder Reyna asserts the unnamed worker drove near a fence on the respondent's property.

According to the original petition, said fence had wire protruding out from it.

The tram unexpectedly struck the fence, and the wayward wire connected with the child's right arm, the suit says.

Reyna points out that the fence was damaged prior to the subject event and in dangerous condition of which the defendant had knowledge but "failed to properly warn and instruct the plaintiff of the dangerous condition and failed to make certain that it was reasonably safe for children to use in order to view wildlife park and its animals."

He further shows his son underwent numerous surgeries on the arm following the accident.
Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney Anthony F. Mercurio of Bellaire is representing the Reynas, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-804

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