UPDATED: "We can't comment on pending litigation at the advice of our legal counsel. This is a tragic accident," Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Interim President Leroy Shafer said, noting that Yvonne Herndon is a longtime volunteer with the organization. "This pains us very much, and we're very concerned for her welfare and we're very concerned for the welfare of her family."
The family of the woman thrown from a golf cart in February at the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is suing the organization, and pretty much everyone else who had anything to do with that golf cart.
Herndon and her husband attended the Toby Keith concert that was put on in conjunction with the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. After the show ended, the couple used the golf cart transportation service to return to their vehicle. Herndon was in the front seat with the driver and her husband was in the row behind her. The driver, operating on behalf of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, allegedly made a sudden, unexpected left turn, ejecting Herndon from the cart, head-first onto the pavement of the Reliant Stadium parking lot.
Herndon suffered a closed-head injury as a result of the trauma and has been in a coma since the incident on February 25.
The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend is representing the family in a personal injury suit against the driver of the cart, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the owner of the cart and the manufacturer of the cart.
The suit claims that "errors, omissions and negligence" caused Herndon's head injury, according to a release from the law firm. The golf cart lacked safety features such as seat belts and hand-held restraints to prevent people on the cart being ejected from it, according to the release. The law firm is also seeking compensation for Herndon's family.
Sarah Poole, manager of advertising and media for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, said Leroy Shafer, president of the organization, would call to comment as soon as he could. We're waiting for that comment from Shafer, and we'll have it up as soon as he calls.
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