La Marque motorist's original answer says wreck not his fault

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 8, 2013, 11:23am

GALVESTON - A La Marque man sued over a two-vehicle accident that sent a woman into a wall has fired back at allegations detailed in the latter's godfather's lawsuit against him, recent court records show.

Arcenio Medrano-Escobar submitted his original answer into plaintiff John Reese's suit on June 19, denying responsibility for the July 2012 wreck between him and Ceava D. Laster, who also lives in La Marque.

Reese alleges it was his vehicle which Laster drove and Medrano-Escobar purportedly struck in the 2600 block of FM 1765.

The complainant asserts the apparent impact made his goddaughter leave the roadway, collide with a pillar and sustain bodily injuries.

Authorities cited Medrano-Escobar for having open containers in his vehicle along with making an unsafe lane change, the original petition says.

It adds that Reese’s vehicle was totaled and worth more than $15,000 as of July 3, 2012, asserting the defendant failed to pay Reese back for the purported damages.

Meanwhile, the respondent insists the collision was unavoidable, "or was caused solely by the act or acts and conduct of another party or parties, as well as that of a non-party or non-parties, and not this defendant."

He also states that he was "acting under a sudden emergency."

Laster sought legal action against Medrano-Escobar only to non-suit him more than a month after suing him.

Attorney Glenn J. Fahl of Fahl & Associates P.C. in Houston is representing the defendant.

Case No. 13-CV-610

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