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Parents: Tractor-trailer driver’s unsafe turn caused teen’s death





Result type

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death, loss of society, multiple trauma
On July 6, 2009, plaintiffs’ decedent, Sophia Medina, 18, was riding her bicycle north on the sidewalk located on the eastern side of Goodrich Boulevard in the city of Commerce. As she approached the intersection of Goodrich and Olympic Boulevards, a tractor-trailer operated by Alvin Flynn was northbound on Goodrich Boulevard and parallel to (or to the left of) Sophia. As Sophia entered the crosswalk on her bicycle either on a flashing pedestrian signal or a red light, Flynn made a right turn onto eastbound Olympic Boulevard and ran over her. Sophia ultimately died from her . Sophia’s parents, Juan and Ramona Medina, sued Flynn and Flynn’s employers, Pile Trucking Inc. and Earl Pile Trucking. Sophia’s parents alleged that Flynn was negligent in the operation of his tractor-trailer and that Pile Trucking and Earl Pile Trucking were vicariously liable for Flynn’s actions, as he was in the course and scope of his employment. Plaintiffs’ counsel contended that Flynn should have seen Sophia riding her bicycle prior to reaching the intersection and starting his turn. Counsel also contended that Flynn made the right turn at too fast a speed, causing him to strike and run over the decedent, causing her wrongful death. Defense counsel contended that Sophia was negligent for entering the crosswalk against a red light. Counsel also contended that Sophia should have seen Flynn’s truck and kept track of it before entering the crosswalk., Sophia sustained multiple traumatic in the accident and ultimately died. She was 18 years old. Sophia’s parents sought recovery of general damages for the loss of their daughter’s love, comfort, companionship, society, affection, solace, advice, counsel, care, protection and support.
United States District Court, Central District, Los Angeles, CA

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