Two Harris County residents have filed suit against the driver who they claim failed to control his speed, crashing into their vehicle.

Edward M. Soto Jr. and Debra Soto allege Edward M. Soto Jr. drove east on Interstate 10 in Beaumont on July 11 when defendant Joel Martin Watson failed to control his speed and caused a collision.

Following the collision, Edward M. Soto Jr. had to be taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont and suffered from debilitating injuries, according to the complaint filed Aug. 17 in Jefferson County District Court.

Both of the Sotos sustained mental and physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment and lost wages because of the collision, the suit states. They also lost their earning capacity and household services, the complaint says.

The Sotos blame Watson for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to take evasive action to avoid the collision and failed to control his speed.

In their complaint, the Sotos seek actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Robert D. Clements Jr., Chris R. Lay, Melissa Krampota and Patrick Huzinec of the Law Office of Robert D. Clements Jr. and Associates in Alvin will be representing them.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Case No. E192-890

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