Lodi City Council members have denied the five claims filed in August by family members of Sukhdeep Kaur, the Tokay High School student who was fatally hit by a vehicle last spring while crossing the street near the school.
A claim is filed usually as a precursor to filing a lawsuit.
These claims, which individually exceed more than $10,000, were filed on behalf of both Kaur's mother and father, her sister and Sharnjit Dhillon, Kaur's friend who was also injured in the accident. A fifth claim was filed on behalf of Kaur's estate.
Each claim that the city of Lodi and its employees are responsible for "maintaining, designing and controlling the area of the crosswalk at or near the scene of the accident," according to the document.
They also list medical treatment for Kaur, including a $206,830 bill from Stanford University hospital, and more than $50,000 that was paid to American Medical Response and Lodi Memorial Hospital. She remained in a coma after the accident and died 10 days later.
Sister Dalwinder Kaur, who witnessed the accident, is claiming emotional distress.
Dhillon, who was injured in the March crash, suffered injuries including chipped front teeth, a ruptured spleen, a femur fracture, multiple lower rib fractures, a collapsed lung, a wrist fracture, other injuries to a leg, knee and shoulder, and permanent face and body scaring, according to her claim filed by a Sacramento attorney.
According to police, Dhillon was dragged some 100 feet under the truck and as many as 20 students helped lift it off her.
Jonathan Bianchi, the driver of the truck, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving. He is scheduled to return to Lodi court for further proceedings today.
He was driving down West Century Boulevard and allegedly struck the girls, who were crossing in a crosswalk.
Council members denied the five claims Wednesday after they were received by an outside agency, as is standard.
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