A family is suing after a vehicle collision killed one person and injured another.

Melissa Patino-Perez, individually and as the representative of the estate of Marcelino Patino, Maria Patino-Perez and Hector Patino filed a lawsuit Feb. 10 in the Galveston County District Court against Progressive Insurance Co., et al. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs are seeking to recover damages as compensation for the death of Marcelino Patino and the injury of Hector Patino in a Nov. 21 vehicle collision.  The suit states the crash occurred when medical resident Nicholas Howland, underinsured by Progressive Insurance, allegedly fell asleep at the wheel.

The plaintiffs are seeking more than $1 million in damages.

They are being represented in the case by attorneys Lennon C. Wright and Keith D. Peterson.

Galveston County District Court Case No. 14-CV-0158


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Galveston County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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