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Victoria women go to trial over injuries sustained in wreck

By Gheni_Platenburg
Feb. 6, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2012 at 8:06 p.m.


Two Victoria women will to go to trial on Tuesday over injuries sustained in a 2010 motor vehicle collision.

Plaintiff Esther Garcia filed a lawsuit in November 2010 against defendant Stephanie Vela, claiming Vela's negligence caused the wreck.

On Feb. 7, 2010, Garcia was southbound in the outside lane of 2300 John Stockbauer Drive, and the defendant was eastbound in the left turn lane of 400 Kingwood Drive, according to the lawsuit.

The defendant failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign and collided with Garcia's vehicle, according to the lawsuit.

Garcia claims Vela was negligent because she failed to keep a proper lookout; exhibited driver inattention; failed to yield the right of way; and failed to act as a reasonably prudent driver.

As a result of the collision, Garcia has suffered severe personal injuries; permanent bodily impairment and disfigurement; loss of past and future earning capacity; physical pain and mental anguish; and past and future medical expenses.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for her injuries and expenses.

Garcia is being represented by Charles Louis Cole, while Vela is being represented by Christopher Hermes Todd.

District Judge Skipper Koetter will preside over the case.

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