Katy woman sues over auto accident in L.A.

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | May 13, 2013

HOUSTON - A Katy woman has filed a lawsuit following an alleged two-vehicle accident in Los Angeles, recent court documents say.

Catalina Quirante alleges Los Angeles resident Anna Lachica De La Paz caused the May 12, 2011, collision at an apartment complex in the central part of the city.

Quirante launched the litigation May 10 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas.

According to the suit, De La Paz smashed a gate on the premises as she returned home from work.

The momentum from the collision caused the defendant to bump Quirante, who "instantaneously" suffered leg injuries, the suit says.

It adds that De La Paz subsequently struck a wall and a pillar at the complex.

Quirante was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for emergency treatment.

She underwent an extensive surgery as a result of the severity and extent of her purported injuries, the suit says.

De La Paz is faulted for:

  • Failing to keep a proper lookout;

  • Failing to apply her brakes;

  • Failing to observe the proper speed limit;

  • Failing to operate her vehicle in a reasonable, prudent manner;

  • Failing to take evasive maneuvers; and

  • Failing to obey state traffic laws.

Jim Zaferis, the complex's owner, is named a co-defendant because he reportedly failed to install necessary warning signs within the premises as well as neglected to provide a passage that is not narrow.

Consequently, Quirante seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorney Rico Reyes of Houston.

Case No. 4:13-CV-1362

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