Doug / 06-30-2011 / Wrongful Death

Family Sues For Wrongful Death After Fatal Fireworks Show

According to KHTS AM 1220, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the city and the county of Valencia. The family of Matilde Garnica filed the wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligence in the fatal traffic accident that killed the woman during a fireworks show on July 4, 2010.

Garnica was killed when a vehicle driven by Melissa Brown ran a red light at Valencia Boulevard and the mall entrance and hit a Dodge Durango, spinning out of control into a crowd of spectators. The mother of three died at the scene, her son and six other spectators were injured.

The attorney representing Garnica’s family said that spectators and relatives witnessed a horrific event and that the suit also alleges negligence on the part of the pyrotechnics company that conducted the fireworks. The wrongful death lawsuit does not name the driver of the vehicle that struck Garnica, saying that the case had been resolved with those parties.

Traffic investigators recreated the scene and interviewed witnesses and determined that Brown was at fault. She was arrested and charged with one count of vehicular manslaughter and one count of failure to stop at a red light. Garnica’s family is suing for medical bills, future medical costs, as well as pain and suffering on the part of the victims.

Wooten Kimbrough, P.A. – Orlando personal injury lawyers

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