Owner of Galveston apartment complex files lawsuit against driver who struck building

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 30, 2014

The owner of an apartment complex claims the building suffered damages after a driver crashed into it.

3222 69th Street Holdings, doing business as Residence at West Beach Apartments, filed a lawsuit July 18 in the Galveston County Civil Court at Law No. 1 against Mercy Soileau Cruz and Maria Salas Slade.

In its complaint, Residence alleges Cruz was driving Slade’s vehicle April 18 when she drove into an apartment complex at 3222 69th St. in Galveston. The collision caused extensive damages to three apartment units, including a patio, according to the complaint.

The plaintiff was ultimately forced to hire contractor Gemstar Construction and Development to perform necessary repairs to both the damaged units and the adjacent patio in the total amount of $26,419.60, the suit states. Residence at West Beach Apartments attempted to settle the matter out of court and requested damages from the defendants, the complaint says. However, Residence claims it has not yet received money.

Residence blames Cruz for causing the collision, saying she negligently failed to apply her brakes, failed to maintain a proper lookout, failed to maintain proper control, failed to turn to avoid a collision and drove too fast. It also says she breached her contract with the apartment complex. In her lease, Cruz agreed to pay for any loss, damage or repair costs in the apartment community, but has failed to do so, according to the complaint.

In addition to Cruz, Slade is named as a defendant because she entrusted her vehicle to Cruz, who Residence labels as a reckless driver, the suit states.

Residence seeks actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs, legal fees, attorney’s fees and other relief the court deems just.

It is being represented by attorney Brian P. Cweren of The Cweren Law Firm in Houston will be representing it.

Galveston County Civil Court at Law No. 1 case number CV-0072507.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Galveston County Civil Court at Law No. 1. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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