Family of Houston gospel singer killed in wreck files wrongful death lawsuit against company that owns cement truck

Family of Houston gospel singer killed in wreck files wrongful death lawsuit against company that owns cement truck
Family of Houston gospel singer killed in wreck files wrongful death lawsuit against company that owns cement truck

HOUSTON – The family of a Houston gospel singer who was killed in a wreck caused after a cement truck dropped wet cement on the road Friday has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that operates the cement truck, attorneys announced Tuesday.

LaTonya Earl, 49, was one of two people killed in a wreck Friday when a load of wet cement dropped from a nearby company’s truck in Humble Friday. Earl was a well-known gospel singer in the Houston area. She worked as the Bethel’s Family Baptist Church Worship Creative Arts Director and sang in the church’s choir.

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The lawsuit claims a cement truck owned by Lattimore Materials Corporation left a Campbell Concrete plant and began spilling wet cement across Old Humble Road.

“The crash occurred when 19-year-old Selvin Palacios hit the wet cement while driving, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and cross the median into oncoming traffic,” attorneys for Earl’s family wrote in a press release. “His vehicle collided with Dr. Earl’s vehicle, resulting in the tragic deaths of both drivers."

The attorneys filed a temporary restraining order to preserve all the vehicles involved in the wreck, “so that a team of investigators can perform the necessary inspections,” they wrote.

The lawsuit alleges Lattimore Materials Corporation’s negligence resulted in Earl’s death.

KPRC 2 previously learned Lattimore Materials Corporation had a history of accidents, violations and complaints filed against the company in the past two years.