Father alleges negligence for injuries to self, children in auto collision

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 2, 2015

A Galveston father, on behalf of himself and two minors, is suing a motorist, alleging liability in a motor vehicle collision.

Carlos Reyes filed a lawsuit, individually and as next friend of A.R. and N.R., June 19 in Galveston County District Court against Ashley Nicole James, also of Galveston, alleging vehicular negligence in a May accident.

According to the complaint, on May 19, Reyes was driving his 2014 Dodge Journey eastbound on Stewart Road with his two children, A.R. and N.R., properly restrained inside the vehicle. The suit says James, traveling eastbound in the next lane, attempted to make an improper turn from the wrong lane, striking the plaintiff’s vehicle.

The suit states James was in breach of ordinary care and operated her vehicle unsafely by driving in the wrong lane, failing to keep a proper lookout, apply brakes in a timely manner or maintain a safe distance.

Carlos Reyes alleges that as a bystander and witness to the injuries of his children with “sufficiently contemporaneous perception”, he is entitled to compensation for severe mental anguish, alleging physical pain, medical expenses and distress for his children.

The plaintiff alleges property damage, diminished vehicle value, lost earnings and loss of household services.

Reyes seeks between $200,000 and $1 million in compensation for exemplary damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, expenses and costs. He is is represented by attorney Kathleen Collins of Galveston.

Galveston County District Court case number 15-CV-0666.

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