Dickinson motorist denies responsibility for February 2012 collision

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 28, 2013, 11:46am

GALVESTON - A Dickinson resident blamed for a February 2012 two-vehicle accident which reportedly gave another driver "nervous shock" recently submitted his original answer.

Mason J. Debruhl formally countered Jim Harrison's April lawsuit in court documents filed June 17.

Harrison alleges Debruhl struck him near the Gulf Freeway and FM 517 on Feb. 16, 2012.

The suit shows that Harrison was driving his 2006 E350 van on the feeder road and in the process of making a left turn onto 517 when the wreck in question occurred.

The plaintiff had a green light when Debruhl, who was traveling on 517, supposedly ignored a red light, the original petition says.

According to the complaint, the respondent "failed to stop at the red light in his direction, failed to control his speed and violently collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle."

It adds both vehicles sustained damages and had to be towed from the scene.

Debruhl argues Harrison failed to exercise a degree of care, insisting that third party persons or events contributed to the incident.

He asserts the collision was unavoidable.

Attorney Stacey M. Littleton of Levin & Clinebell in Houston is representing the respondent.

Cause No. 69,768

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