FORT MYERS – A pedestrian alleges a federal employee collided with her while she was walking in Collier County.

Irene Rodriguez filed a complaint on Aug. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division against Gary Austin, individually, and the United States of America alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, in Nov. 3, 2013, at the intersection of Roberts Avenue West and Ninth Street North in Immokalee, she sustained physical injuries when the defendant failed to yield and struck her. The suit states Austin is an officer with the Seminole Police Department and was driving a tribal police vehicle at the time of the incident.

The plaintiff holds Austin, individually, and the United States of America responsible because Austin allegedly failed to keep a proper lookout.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, medical expenses, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Sarah Fischer and Laurence Trias of The Pendas Law Firm in Fort Myers.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Case number 2:16-cv-00670-UA-CM

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