Tejano Star Emilio Sued Over DWI-Related Bus Wreck

Thursday, Jan 6, 2011  |  Updated 11:00 AM CDT
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Tejano Star Emilio Sued Over DWI-Related Bus Wreck

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Winner for Best Tejano Album for 'Acuerdate', Emilio Navaira poses backstage at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards in 2003.

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Grammy-winning Tejano singer Emilio Navaira says he has trouble remembering his own lyrics since a DWI-related bus wreck in the Houston area left him with head injuries.

The singer, known to his fans as Emilio, told jurors in a civil lawsuit in San Antonio that he's still recovering from brain damage suffered in the 2008 accident.

The $1 million lawsuit was brought by former band member Richard Vega. The bass player was expected to testify Thursday.

Vega suffered a lacerated liver and a dislocated shoulder in the accident in which Navaira was driving.

Navaira, a year after the crash that sent him through the front windshield of the tour bus, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. He took the stand Wednesday as the first witness in Vega's lawsuit against him.

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