Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:28 PM by Mike Manzoni -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Nov 29, 2012 11:43 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Four years after a crash involving a city dump truck left two teenagers dead, the lone survivor is suing the city for negligence.
Ivan Madrid, 18, and his passenger, Christopher Regino, 17, were both killed when the 1987 Oldsmobile Calais in which they were driving rear-ended the parked city dump truck on Lamont Street. Antonio Vela, 18, was riding in the back seat and suffered severe head injuries, but survived.
In the lawsuit, Vela accuses the city of "negligent hiring," and "negligent training and supervisors," for causing the accident. Vela also blames the city for not warning the public about the parked dump truck.
But in their response, the city maintained that it is not liable because "The driver of the vehicle in which Antonio Vela was riding [Madrid]...was driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana..." It continued that "...the city is entitled to recover for damages to its brush truck in the amount of $2,700."
The city attorney handling the case, Alison Logan, could not be reached for comment.
Under state law, a city may be held liable for negligent operation or use of a motor-driven vehicle.
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