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Civil trial begins for woman accused of negligence in car wreck

By Gheni_Platenburg
Dec. 5, 2011 at 6:05 a.m.


Two Victoria County women are set to go to trial on Tuesday over injuries sustained in a May 2008 wreck.

Plaintiff Maraiavela Sierra filed a civil lawsuit against defendant Loretta R. Hampton in district court in May 2010. The trial is set to begin at 9 a.m.

The lawsuit contends that on May 20, 2008, Sierra was traveling north in her Ford Escort in the 3300 block of South Laurent Street, while Hampton was westbound in her Ford Taurus on the U.S. Highway 59 frontage road.

The defendant's Taurus struck the right side of the plaintiff's Escort when the Taurus failed to stop at a stop sign located at the intersection of South Laurent Street and the U.S. Highway 59 frontage road.

Sierra alleges Hampton's actions proved negligence for several reasons, including Hampton's failure to yield the right of way to the plaintiff; failure to stop and obey a stop sign; failure to apply the brakes in order to avoid a collision; failure to pay attention while operating a motor vehicle; failure to make a proper turn; and her reckless driving with disregard for the safety of a person or property.

The plaintiff claims to have suffered serious bodily injures, including injury to her knee, soreness, limitation of motion and extreme pain, all of which appear to be permanent.

Hampton denied any wrongdoing in a formal response filed in June 2010.

The plaintiff is being represented by Houston-based attorney Robert G. Gibson, while Hampton is being represented by Corpus Christi-based attorney Thomas A. Silver.

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