Woman says ambulance driver struck child

Kelly Holleran Nov. 11, 2014, 8:08am

The mother of a minor child has filed suit against the health district that employed an ambulance driver whom she alleges struck her child while he was riding his bicycle.

Patricia Garza alleges her minor son was riding his bicycle July 27, when Jamin Silva, who was driving an ambulance for defendant Galveston County Health District, struck him.

Because of the incident, Garza's son suffered head, neck, chest, ribs, stomach, back, shoulder, arms, legs, ankles and foot injuries and endured physical pain and suffering, according to the complaint filed Sept. 23 in Galveston County District Court. He also endured mental anguish and disfigurement, incurred medical costs and lost his future earning capacity, the suit states.

Silva negligently drove while distracted, drove without headlights or sirens, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to maintain a proper speed, failed to turn to avoid a collision, failed to keep his vehicle under proper control and failed to yield the right-of-way, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Garza seeks unspecified punitive and exemplary damages, plus other relief the court deems just.

Attorneys Sean E. O'Rourke and Nicholas Simon of Simon-O'Rourke in Houston will represent Garza.

Galveston County District Court case number: 14-CV-1006

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