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Montgomery man responds to car wash fatality suit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Nov 4, 2013

HOUSTON - A Montgomery man who is among the defendants in a lawsuit arising from a woman's death at a Conroe car wash has replied to the allegations, recent court records show.

In an original answer filed Oct. 22, Donald Husk denies responsibility for the Jan. 19 incident at Suds Grand Prix Car Wash which claimed the life of Juana Bethuel Gonzalez y Macias.

The decedent's sons and daughter-in-law sued Husk and DRB Systems Inc. in Montgomery County District Court, but the suit was removed to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas in August.

According to the plaintiffs, Husk owned the black 2007 black F Series Ford pickup truck they assert fatally struck their mother while DRB manufactured, assembled and installed the business's car washing system that held the truck.

They add an attendant allowed the vehicle's engine to run as well as negligently placed the vehicle in drive, causing it to move through the system without a driver occupant toward them.

Gonzalez's children were “barely able to extricate themselves,” who witnessed the truck strike and kill her, the suit says.

Husk's eight-page rebuttal admits the vehicle belonged to him, but counters "he did not know the engine would be running."

It attributes the subject event to "the negligence of a third party or third parties over whom the defendant had no control."

Attorney Barbara L. Hachenburg of Germer Gertz L.L.P. in Houston is representing Husk.

Case No. 4:13-CV-2298

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