Bicyclist's run-in with 'unmarked' guy wire results in suit against Centerpoint

By John Suayan | Jun 15, 2018

HOUSTON – A Harris County man is suing Centerpoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC in response to an accident with its outdoor equipment a few months ago.

In court documents filed on June 13 in the Harris County 334th District Court, Jeffrey Caton says he became tangled up with an “unmarked, dark grey guy wire” last Mar. 13 while riding his bicycle in the rear parking lot located at the intersection of Cypress Creek Parkway and Falling Creek Drive.

Caton asserts the guy wire was part of a utility pole owned and maintained by Centerpoint.

“Without proper marking, the guy wire in question blends with the asphalt of the parking lot and is virtually invisible, even from a short distance,” the suit says.

According to the plaintiff, the incident knocked him “off his bicycle, into the air and onto his back.” He reportedly suffered a fractured nose, missing teeth, and “serious injuries to his back and neck.”

“The defendant failed to protect the plaintiff from an unreasonable risk of foreseeable harm caused by the defendant’s unmarked guy wire,” the original petition says.

Consequently, Caton seeks unspecified monetary damages.

He is represented by David A. Bryant, Jr. of The Bryant Law Firm in Houston.

Harris County 334th District Court Case No. 2018-39370

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