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Father seeks damages from Lodi Unified School District, city in fatal crash

District, city face lawsuit in accident that killed Lodi High student, injured sister

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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:41 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

The father of a 14-year-old Lodi High School student who died while walking to school last fall has filed a civil lawsuit against Lodi Unified School District and the city of Lodi.

Andrew Prieto’s attorney is seeking damages for the victim’s sister, who was seriously injured and who witnessed the fatal vehicle Sept. 10, 2010, accident.

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  • Loren Knighton posted at 10:16 pm on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    Backncardr Posts: 3

    Actually the liability and expense has always been shifted to the public aka taxpayer. Couple that with a lawyer looking for deep pockets and you have a lawsuit like this hatched. No personal responsibility anymore and this kind of crud exemplifies that.

  • roy bitz posted at 7:54 pm on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Very tragic---very sad!
    I recall the details of this accident as reported in LNS and I believe the paper did a good job reporting the details. It was an accident and maybe it the driver of the car had chosen a different route--if the bus would have picked up at the previous location--if the kids were walking on the shoulder of the road facing traffic---this horrible accident would not have happened.
    I feel for the family's loss of a young girl and I feel for the driver of the car. The driver will live with this nightmare forever even though it was reported/determined the driver was not responsible.
    tI seems to me---- a case could be made for the driver of the car. Maybe the innocent driver should file a claim.

  • Kim Lee posted at 1:47 pm on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    This poor family. How unbearable it must be to have lost a precious child. It should not have happened. So very sad.

  • Laura Rouzer posted at 12:41 pm on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 57

    It's not LUSD's fault that the girl was unsafely crossing the road in the dark with an oncoming vehicle. This is a tragedy, but going after an already suffering school system is not the answer. If parents are going to start blaming the district for something they didn't do then I agree with Mr. Baumbach, eliminate the busses and make parents responsible for getting their children to school.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:27 am on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Such a shame that the school district is forced to defend itself against such a frivolous lawsuit. Money is hard to come by in today's economy and spending it on law suits rather than education for children is sad.
    Obviously, liability is very high. Maybe its time to eliminate busing all together and shift the liability and expense to the public.



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