Layfield & Wallace File Wrongful Death Suit Against Alleged Drunk Driver Who Killed Sleeping Teen

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Wrongful death, motor vehicle negligence, and premises liability contended in new suit Layfield & Wallace bring against alleged drunk driver who crashed into a sleeping teen’s room and the landlord who allegedly failed to make safe the premises.

Philip Layfield and Ali Bushra of Layfield & Wallace, APC, have filed a lawsuit against Roberto Rodriguez and others who are being held responsible for a teen girl’s death in the matter of Maria Mendoza v. Roberto Rodriguez and Bo Kun Song (Case Number BC575608.)

According to court documents, on April 20th, 2014, at approximately 3:15 am, 16 year old Giselle Mendoza was sleeping in her bedroom in the home she shared with her mother at 1005 East Avenue R in Palmdale, California. 20 year old Roberto Rodriguez was driving home drunk from a friend’s house when he fell asleep at the wheel, lost control of the Nissan Pathfinder he was driving, and slammed into the wall of the Avenue R apartment, which was the Decedent’s bedroom. The Decedent, a sophomore at the local high school, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Layfield & Wallace filed suit on March 16th, 2015 against alleged drunk driver Roberto Rodriguez and Bo Kun Song owner and manager of the residence where the Decedent lived. The Plaintiff alleges the causes of action are motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, wrongful death and negligence. Giselle Mendoza is survived by her parents, Maria and Alberto Mendoza and her sister Yadira Mendoza. The case is expected to be tried in November, 2016. The court of record is Stanley Mosk in Los Angeles.

Our trial division is comprised of skilled associates, paralegals, legal analysts, medical doctors, and investigators. Our trial division appears in courtrooms all over the country and handles approximately one jury trial every single month. In fact, we try more cases than 99% of all plaintiff law firms. The insurance companies know this and the defense lawyers understand the risks of going to trial against Layfield & Wallace. The reality is that Layfield & Wallace has the ability to obtain eight figure jury verdicts where most firms might lose the case.

If you believe you or a loved one has been involved in a personal injury or business litigation case, please contact Layfield & Wallace. With multiple locations in Southern California and beyond, we can be reached at 949-202-5511 or visit the firm website at


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