Practice Area:Wrongful Death
Description:A 20-year-old girl was driving home from her friend's house in Temple City, CA when she entered an intersection on a green light two blocks from her home. At that time, a local city police officer observed, what he believed, was an illegal street race on the intersecting street. The police officer initiated a high speed chase of the suspect resulting in the street racer running a red light and crashing into the 20-year-old girl's vehicle at approximately 70-80mph. The girl was killed as a result of the crash. We represented the family for her wrongful death against the city police department and the driver of the vehicle that killed her. After extensive investigation, litigation, and discovery, which included intense depositions, we successfully negotiated a stipulation to a judgment against the primary defendant for $5,000,000 plus a special videotaped apology from the driver of the car.