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Injured in wreck, woman files suit against truck driver

By Gheni_Platenburg
April 8, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2012 at 11:08 p.m.


An Alamo woman is suing a North Carolina-based trucking firm over injuries sustained in a motor vehicle wreck.

Lydia M. Singleterry filed the lawsuit in federal court in Victoria in February against Lyda Enterprises and truck driver James B. Rayfield Jr.

"I respect Ms. Singleterry's right to pursue her claims, as I hope she respects my client's right to dispute the claim," said Rafael Garcia Jr., attorney for Rayfield and Lyda Enterprises. "That's why we have the legal system."

Garcia also filed a formal response denying the allegations in early February.

In May 2009, Singleterry was traveling east in her 1999 Chevrolet Lumina on U.S. 83 in Pharr, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims Rayfield was traveling the same route in his 2001 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, owned by Lyda Enterprises, when he made an improper lane change and collided with the Lumina.

The suit also contends Rayfield, who did not have insurance, was negligent for failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to properly and timely apply brakes, failing to maintain proper control of his vehicle and failing to control his vehicle's speed.

Singleterry was injured in the crash and is seeking damages for physical pain, mental anguish and loss wages.

Messages left for Singleterry's attorney, Michael Flanagan, and Farmers Texas County Mutual Insurance Company and its attorney were not returned.

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