GALVESTON -- An Austin County man is suing a Houston livery company, alleging injuries sustained when he says a taxi cab driven by the defendant hit him.

Robert Edmondson filed the lawsuit Oct. 7 in Galveston County District Court against George Villarreal and Greater Houston Transportation Company, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 18, 2014, the plaintiff says he ordered a cab to pick him up at the Holiday Inn in Kemah. When the cab, driven by Villarreal, drove up, the suit says, a friend of the plaintiff and the defendant began speaking. 

The suit says Edmondson saw his friend rolling on the ground as the cab's rear passenger door open and then the cab sped away. The plaintiff says he ran into the parking lot in an attempt to keep Villarreal from leaving the premises.

The lawsuit states the defendant drove the cab toward Edmondson, failing to stop and hit the plaintiff, forcing him onto the hood and then onto the ground. The defendant then left the scene, the suit says.

The plaintiff alleges current and future physical pain and disability, mental anguish and suffering, plus medical expenses now and in the future. 

Edmondson seeks $200,000, plus court costs, attorney fees and a trial by jury. He is represented by attorneys Jason C. Webster, Heidi O. Vicknair and Omar Chawdhary of The Webster Law Firm in Houston.

Galveston County District Court Case number 15-CV-1076

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