Vasco Lucas Nunes. Photo: Cofina Media http://www.cmjornal.pt/mais-cm/obituario/detalhe/vasco-nunes-1974-2016
Vasco Lucas Nunes. Photo: Cofina Media http://www.cmjornal.pt/mais-cm/obituario/detalhe/vasco-nunes-1974-2016

The 13-year-old son of a motorcycle-riding Portuguese cinematographer, producer and film director killed in a collision with an Uber driver’s car in the Hollywood area in 2016 is suing the ride-hailing service.

The lawsuit alleges the Uber driver was using the company’s app at the time of the 11:30 a.m. collision even though doing so causes drivers to be distracted.

The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit was filed on behalf of Joaquim Timoner, whose 41-year-old father, Vasco Lucas Nunes, was killed last March 11 at Beverly Boulevard and Hudson Avenue.

The wrongful death suit filed on the youngster’s behalf by his paternal grandmother, Andrea Doane Timoner, names Uber Technologies Inc. and Uber driver Andre Zamon Ausler and seeks unspecified damages.

An Uber representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

According to the complaint filed Friday, Ausler was driving west with a passenger on Beverly Boulevard when he made a left turn into the path of Nunes, who was on a motorcycle. Nunes was propelled into the air and landed on the pavement, where he was given CPR by a good Samaritan.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Nunes succumbed to his injuries and died moments later,” according to the lawsuit.

Nunes’ work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

–City News Service

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