Border Patrol agent is suing Ford Motor Co.

Published: Aug. 27, 2008 at 5:54 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 3, 2008 at 11:34 PM MST
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By Brian White - email

Lawyers representing a Border Patrol agent who was paralyzed in a rollover crash are suing Ford Motor company.

They say their client, 30-year-old Luis Pena, became a quadriplegic after a weak roof on a Ford F-250 collapsed during an accident.

Pena was responding to a narcotics call in Casa Grande, Ariz. when the truck, a Border Patrol issued vehicle, veered off the road and rolled over.

The roof on the driver's side caved in, trapping Pena in the truck. The accident broke his spine, leaving him paralyzed.

Agent Pena and his wife, along with Celia Webb, recently traveled to Washington D.C to attend the United States Senate Oversight Hearing on roof strength. Webb lost her husband, Border Patrol agent David Webb, when his service vehicle rolled over and the roof collapsed on him.

The Pena's and Ms. Webb traveled to Washington to show their support for a greatly strengthened federal roof crush standard.

The amount in damages the lawyers are seeking in unspecified.

Lawyers in San Diego and Houston are representing Pena and his family.