Robbie Hargett Nov. 3, 2015, 2:38pm


A Mt. Vernon woman is Ford, alleging negligence in a car accident that killer her daughter.

Valarie Barela, surviving mother of deceased minor Nicole Barela, filed a lawsuit Oct. 27 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Ford Motor Company, alleging negligence.

On March 21, the suit states, Nicole Barela was riding in a 2001 Ford Ranger traveling southeast on state Highway19 in Hopkins County, when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and went into a ditch, struck a tree, and caught fire.

The suit alleges Nicole Barela was properly seated and wearing a seat belt, but still suffered fatal injuries.

The lawsuit says Ford was negligent in designing a defective and unreasonably dangerous vehicle, among other negligent acts or omissions.

Valarie Barela seeks actual, economic and non-economic damages, plus costs of the suit. She is represented by attorneys E. Todd Tracy, Stewart D. Matthews and Andrew G. Counts of The Tracy Firm in Dallas.

Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 2:15-cv-01687.

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