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New Year's Eve wreck at Crystal Beach leads to lawsuit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Dec 15, 2010

GALVESTON - Jennifer Reyes of Texas City claims that her daughter, Mariah Reyes, was injured New Year's Eve two years ago in an auto accident on the Bolivar Peninsula, recent court documents say.

In a lawsuit filed Dec. 8 in Galveston County District Court, the elder Reyes blames Kathy Taylor of Beaumont for driving carelessly while the minor was her passenger and colliding with a vehicle driven by Norman Hollyfield of Silbee on Dec. 31, 2008.

Hollyfield, who was reportedly on the clock for Thompson Co., is also named a defendant in the case as is his employer.

The original petition says that Taylor and the child were traveling near Highway 87 in Crystal Beach when the collision with Hollyfield occurred. Taylor was reported to have tried to pull onto the highway.

The suit faults both Taylor and Hollyfield for failing to control their speed and argues that Thompson Co. should not have hired and retained Hollyfield.

Mariah Reyes consequently suffered injuries to her cervical and lumbar spine in addition to severe muscle spasms and a posterior bulging disc, it says.

The plaintiffs seek unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

They are represented by The Law Offices of Michael Nacol.

Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the case.

Case No. 10-cv-4292

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