Boater sues after colliding into unmarked sign

Michelle Keahey Dec. 27, 2011, 2:19am

After suffering injuries in a boating collision, a boater has filed a lawsuit against a pipeline company for failing to light and mark a sign.

David J. Santini and Lindberg Santini Jr. filed suit against Exxonmobil Pipeline Co. on Dec. 20 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 20, 2008 at 4 a.m. in Bayou Perot, La. David Santini claims he was operating a boat owned by Lindberg Santini Jr., when he collided with an unlighted, unmarked sign and support. Santini was thrown into the water and suffered disabling injuries.

The defendant is accused of negligence for erecting the sign in the waterway with a "total disregard" for the safety of maritime traffic and for improperly maintaining the sign.

The boaters are asking for an award of damages for the costs of repairs to the boat, the loss of use and income of the vessel and an award of damages for pain and disability, loss of income and employability.

The plaintiffs are represented by Harahan attorneys Perrin C. Butler and Louis M. Butler.

U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-03114

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