There was a tragic accident in Aurora, Colorado, two years ago. A toddler in an ice cream shop was killed when a pickup crashed through the shop’s window. Also killed were the driver and a passenger in the pickup.
Now the parents of that toddler are suing the driver who caused the accident … and more than 20 other people. Yep, all those people share responsibility for the child’s death. Or so the avaricious parents and their even-more-avaricious attorney would have you believe.
Apparently the illegal immigrant, Francis Hernandez, who caused the accident, isn’t wealthy enough to be worth suing all by himself. Besides, he’s been convicted and now faces 100 years or so in prison. So the grieving parents are going after anyone and everyone else they can think of, especially those with deep pockets.
In addition to Hernandez, their suit names:
- The car dealership that sold a vehicle to Hernandez (or someone with his license), for selling to someone with an invalid driver’s license
- The sales agent who actually closed the sale
- The parents of Hernandez’s common law wife, who might have provided the vehicle to Hernandez, even though they knew his license was invalid
- Xcel Energy Company, because the cover of their switch box on the side of the building flew off during the crash and hit the child
- The Colorado Department of Transportation and the City of Aurora for having widened the adjacent street (in 2003) to within 7 feet of the shop
- The parent company of the shop, because the shop’s wall facing said street was glass and did not contain safety barriers
- The owner of the property where the shop sits
- The family of the deceased driver of the pickup, because somehow it was their fault the driver was high on meth at the time of the crash
- Several law enforcement agencies, because they had failed in the past to report Hernandez to federal authorities as a possible illegal immigrant
No saint, Hernandez. In the country illegally, he was doing about 80 mph in a 40 mph zone and driving without a valid license. In the past he had been arrested and jailed numerous times for traffic violations, failure to appear in court, and giving false identification. Only 25, he now stands convicted of 19 criminal charges related to the crash and will be sentenced in April.
A grieving family can be forgiven for looking for someone to blame. What’s not forgivable is suing people who clearly aren’t to blame and forcing them to spend time and money defending themselves. The only liable parties in this case were the two drivers. One of them is dead, and the other is going to prison. Too bad. It’s likely no one will get rich … this time.
Yes, this is also another great example of why we need to tighten up our immigration laws, but that’s another post or ten.