The family of a Los Angeles student who was among 10 people killed when a FedEx truck collided with a charter bus in Northern California is suing the shipping company.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed Tuesday blames the April 10 crash on the FedEx truck, its manufacturer, Volvo, and its driver Timothy Evans, who was among those killed. The charter bus company, Silverado Stages, is also named in the suit.
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The suit was filed on behalf of the late 18-year-old Ismael Jimenez, who was part of a group heading north for a free tour of Humboldt State University. Jimenez broke out a window and helped others to safety, but was unable himself to escape, the lawsuit says.
"Honestly, that's amazing to me that he did that," Ismael's sister Evelin said during a conference announcing the lawsuit. "I mean, he could have saved his own life, but he did it for others, and that's amazing to me."
Jimenez was among the five Los Angeles-area students killed when their tour bus was hit by a FedEx truck on the way to Humboldt State University.
The lawsuit is the third to be filed after the crash.
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The mother of 17-year-old honor student Jennifer Bonilla sued FedEx in April, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire. That negligence suit is seeking $100 million in damages.
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Crash survivor Miles Hill and his family filed a negligence suit May 6 which named FedEx Corp. and Silverado Stages. Miles' father said that because of the trauma, his son can only attend school for four hours a day.
The Hill lawsuit, which seeks unspecified compensatory damages and compensation for medical expenses, alleges the FedEx driver negligently crossed from the southbound lanes of the freeway into the path of the northbound bus.
FedEx issued a statement in response to the first lawsuit that said the company was "focused on providing support to those affected and cooperating with the authorities as they conduct their investigation. This is not the time for us to discuss potential litigation."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.