This was a chaotic situation resulting in a tragic incident that could have been avoided
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2009
The law firm of Bisnar | Chase (http://www.BestAttorney.com)] has brought a wrongful death and multiple personal injury action against Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD), the City of Diamond Bar, and the driver of an SUV (case number KC056143R filed in California's Superior Court, Los Angeles County).
Filed on behalf of Hyangsook Jung, the deceased's court appointed guardian, the suit alleges that on the morning of November 26, 2008, Conrad Pantig Maglonzo negligently and recklessly drove his 1992 Nissan Pathfinder over the curb of Maple Hill Road and onto the sidewalk, striking and killing then three-year-old Michelle Kwon and severely injuring Christine and Soonil Kwon.
A Cascade of Chaotic Events
"This was a chaotic situation resulting in a tragic incident that could have been avoided," said Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Brian Chase, a partner at Bisnar | Chase. "This tragedy befell a loving, tightly bonded family."
Plaintiffs allege that acute traffic and parking problems around the elementary school--caused by unstaggered, single session school hours--necessitated the arrival and attendance of the entire student population and staff within one hour before 8 am. This resulted in too many cars and SUVs competing for too few parking spaces along Maple Hill Road. In an attempt to remedy this, Maple Hill Elementary school used traffic cones to block parents' vehicles to a semi-circular driveway. Blocking this driveway created a hazardous increase in traffic as parents scrambled to drop students off in the safest available area. One of those parents was Maglonzo, who, plaintiff's lawyers claim, accelerated, driving up the curb in a frantic attempt to cut into a just-vacated curbside parking spot.
No Crossing Guard, No Safety Trails or Barricades
Bisnar | Chase allege that WVUSD and Diamond Bar were aware of these conditions, and that they also possessed the resources to prevent such a tragedy. Yet no crossing guards were provided to control the safe and orderly discharge of children that morning. Furthermore, neither WVUSD nor Diamond Bar had prepared any safety trails or barricades along the sidewalk next to the school property.
Compensation for Multiple Damages Sought
"We're seeking compensation for a variety of damages," said Orange County personal injury attorney John Bisnar, founding partner of the Bisnar | Chase law firm. "These include wrongful death damages on behalf of Soonil Kwon and Hyangsook Jung for the loss of love, guidance, affection, companionship and future support of Michelle Kwon. We're also seeking general damages and economic losses for the personal injuries sustained by Christine and Soonil Kwon, general damages for the negligent infliction of emotional distress sustained by Christine and Soonil Kwon, and loss of consortium damages of Hyangsook Jung for the injuries sustained by Soonil Kwon."
About Bisnar | Chase
Bisnar | Chase is a Newport Beach, Orange County, California, personal injury law firm that represents people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to an accident, defective product or negligence. The law firm has won a wide variety of challenging personal injury and defective product cases, involving car accidents and auto defects. For more information, visit BestAttorney.com and CaliforniaInjuryBlog.com.
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