Passenger sues over Texas City collision

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Sep 20, 2013

GALVESTON - Harris County resident Ana Maldonado claims that she and her two children were in a two-vehicle accident almost two years ago in Texas City and has filed a lawsuit.

Recent court documents filed Sept. 17 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 blame Houston resident Julio A. Portillo and Texas City local Jose Roya-Guzman for the Sept. 25, 2011, wreck.

Maldonado, her daughter and son were passengers in a vehicle driven by Portillo, who was traveling north on Bay Street.

He approached a traffic light at the intersection of 8th Avenue North and Bay, but failed to yield the right-of-way and was struck by Roya-Guzman, the suit says.

According to the original petition, Roya-Guzman did not possess a driver's license.

Both drivers are faulted for:

  • Failing to control speed;

  • Failing to take proper evasive action;

  • Failing to apply the brakes;

  • Failing to avoid the collision;

  • Failing to maintain a proper lookout;

  • Failing to drive in a reasonably attentive manner; and

  • Disobeying the speed limit.

Consequently, Maldonado and her children seek $50,000 in damages and a jury trial.

They are represented by attorney Jimmy N. Bowden of the Law Offices of Tuan Khuu & Associates in Houston.

Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 Judge John Grady is presiding over the litigation.

Cause No. 70,725

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