GALVESTON - Claiming she was in a two-vehicle accident earlier this month in Galveston, local resident Jessica Lazo did not waste time pursuing legal action.

Lazo's lawsuit, filed Sept. 23 in Galveston County District Court, alleges Galveston local Patricia Carver Alker struck the vehicle carrying the plaintiff and her young passenger at an intersection in the city on Sept. 11.

Lazo drove westbound on Avenue M 1/2 near 32nd Street while the defendant traveled southbound on 32nd prior to the wreck in question.

According to the claimant, Alker took to the intersection though she was making her way through it.

"The vehicle being operated by the defendant disregarded the fact that the plaintiff had entered the intersection prior to the defendant doing so and that the plaintiff had control of the intersection," the suit says.

"The defendant's front bumper collided with the front fender near the plaintiff's wheel on the passenger side."

Alker is faulted for:

  • Failing to maintain a proper lookout;

  • Failing to control the distance;

  • Failing to maintain attention;

  • Failing to timely apply brakes;

  • Failing to control the speed of her vehicle; and

  • Failing to maneuver her vehicle.

Consequently, the suit seeks $150,000 in damages.

Attorney David K. Mestemaker of Mestemaker, Straub & Zumwalt in Houston is representing Lazo, and Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 13-CV-1228

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