Local woman files suit over boat collision near Tiki Island

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Sep 23, 2013

GALVESTON - A local woman has pursued legal action over a boat collision two years ago, recent court documents say.

In a lawsuit filed Sept. 9 in Galveston County District Court, Mary Trevino alleges that on Sept. 11, 2011, Galveston resident Le Deforke Jr. crashed the speed boat they were riding in.

The parties were traveling in the Intercoastal Waterway near Tiki Island at the time of incident in question.

According to Trevino, Deforke suddenly and without warning "smashed into the rear-end of another boat which was headed in the same direction but slower."

"Ms. Trevino was thrown from her seat to the front of the boat where she was severely injured," the original petition says.

The boats then returned to port, and the plaintiff was transferred by ambulance to the hospital.

Deforke is blamed for:

  • Failing to control the speed;

  • Failing to leave enough room between his boat and the other to safely pass;

  • Failing to warn the claimant of an impending collision; and

  • Failing to operate the vessel within its limitations given the conditions on the water.

Consequently, Trevino seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by attorney Marcus D. Pinney of the Pinney Law Firm PC in Baytown.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves.

Case No. 13-CV-1170

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