CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric seeks more than $20,000 from driver who damaged pole

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | May 15, 2018

HOUSTON – A utility company is seeking damages from a Spring driver and the owner of a vehicle after the driver damaged a utility pole.

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric filed a complaint on May 7 in the Harris County District Court against Terrance Davon Washington and Michael E. Turner alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 8, 2016, Washington was operating a Nissan Sentra owned by Turner traveling east on Farm to Market 2910 Road when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to collide and snap plaintiff's utility pole. The suit states Washington indicated to police that he had fallen asleep at the wheel. The plaintiff alleges it expended $21,056.31 to repair its utility pole and to restore electric service. 

The plaintiff holds Washington and Turner responsible because defendant Washington allegedly negligently drove the vehicle in a sleep-deprived state.

The plaintiff seeks actual damages of $21,056.31 and all other and further relief to which it is entitled. It is represented by John Richer of Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson PC in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Harris County District Court case number 2018-30610

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