ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The family of an Abilene High School football player who was put into a coma after his friend crashed into a garbage truck is suing the City of Abilene and the young man who was driving for more than $1 million in damages.
Cory Almanza was only 17-years-old when he sustained injuries that would leave him comatose for 3 months and create the need for years of rehabilitation and recovery.
Almanza was a passenger in an SUV driven by a fellow football player when the vehicle slammed into the side of a garbage truck near the intersection of North 1st Street and Mockingbird Lane on May 5, 2015.
Court documents state the football player attempted to change lanes to avoid the truck, which was turning into a parking lot.
The lawsuit, filed by Almanza's mother, alleges the City of Abilene is liable because the garbage truck driver failed to drive in a single lane, changed lanes when unsafe, turned improperly to make a wide right turn, failed to signal his turn, and failed to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles.
Allegations included against the football player driving Almanza state he failed to control his speed, failed to pass safely, and made a faulty evasive action.
The football player's parents could also be liable because they negligently entrusted their vehicle to their son, the lawsuit claims.
A jury was selected for the trial and opening statements took place Monday afternoon. Proceedings will continue in Taylor County's Civil Court throughout the week. Stick with BigCountryHomepage for the latest information.
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