GALVESTON - Belinda Caldwell claims she was in a two-vehicle accident with Roberto S. Vela in Texas City almost a year ago, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed Oct. 24 in Galveston County District Court asserts Vela, a Hitchcock resident, caused the alleged accident last Jan. 20.

The original petition shows Caldwell was traveling in the 2800 block of Texas Avenue while Vela was attempting to turn from 28th Street at the time of the collision in question.

"Vela was not paying attention, did not yield to traffic on Texas Avenue and pulled directly into (Caldwell's) lane of travel causing a violent collision with the plaintiff's vehicle," the suit says.

"The collision caused significant damage to both vehicles."

Caldwell adds she was injured as a direct result of the accident.

The suit blames the respondent for failing to operate his vehicle in a safe manner, failing to control its speed, failing to yield to traffic in the roadway, failing to properly avoid a collision and driving with a suspended driver's license.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks a minimum of $80,000 in damages.

She is represented by attorney Tom Gehring of Austin.

Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox is presiding over the case.

Case No. 11-cv-1668

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