Passenger sues over Texas City collision
GALVESTON - Harris County resident Ana Maldonado claims that she and her two children were in a two-vehicle accident almost two years ago in Texas City and has filed a lawsuit.
Recent court documents filed Sept. 17 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 blame Houston resident Julio A. Portillo and Texas City local Jose Roya-Guzman for the Sept. 25, 2011, wreck.
Maldonado, her daughter and son were passengers in a vehicle driven by Portillo, who was traveling north on Bay Street.
He approached a traffic light at the intersection of 8th Avenue North and Bay, but failed to yield the right-of-way and was struck by Roya-Guzman, the suit says.
According to the original petition, Roya-Guzman did not possess a driver's license.
Both drivers are faulted for:
- Failing to control speed;
- Failing to take proper evasive action;
- Failing to apply the brakes;
- Failing to avoid the collision;
- Failing to maintain a proper lookout;
- Failing to drive in a reasonably attentive manner; and
- Disobeying the speed limit.
Consequently, Maldonado and her children seek $50,000 in damages and a jury trial.
They are represented by attorney Jimmy N. Bowden of the Law Offices of Tuan Khuu & Associates in Houston.
Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 Judge John Grady is presiding over the litigation.Cause No. 70,725