An attorney and his law firm are being sued by a 7-year-old in connection with last month’s death of the child’s 43-year-old automotive designer father from Santa Monica in a motorcycle collision with another vehicle in Malibu.
Jacob Loniak later died from his injuries, the Los Angeles Superior Court wrongful death suit states. Loniak’s 7-year-old son, Duke, is a plaintiff and is represented in the complaint by his guardian, Kei Rowan-Young.
The wrongful death suit names as defendants lawyer Timothy Ricardo Hanigan and the law firm of Lang, Hanigan and Carvalho.
The suit filed Friday seeks unspecified damages.
Hanigan did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.
According to the complaint, Loniak was riding on a 2009 BMW 1150 motorcycle on Pacific Coast Highway when Hanigan, behind the wheel of a 2007 Lexus GX 470, tried to make a left turn out of Mastro’s Ocean Club restaurant about 8:25 p.m. April 28. Loniak collided with Hanigan’s car, the suit states.
The suit states that Hanigan is thought to have “voluntarily drank alcoholic beverages to the point of intoxication” and that he did so knowing he would later be driving a car.
The suit further states that Hanigan is thought to have “intentionally and willfully refused to submit” to a timely blood-alcohol chemical test by California Highway Patrol officers.
“Hanigan intentionally frustrated the chemical testing process in an attempt to allow the passage of time to lower his blood-alcohol content,” the suit alleges.
Loniak was a mechanical engineer who worked at the Volvo Monitoring Concept Center, a principal in the Off World Motors company and a design teacher at Art Center of College Design.
According to social media, Loniak was a veteran motorcycle rider. He also designed a wearable motorcycle. It’s a single-person, electric, exoskeleton motorcycle, which stands vertically, and in which, the rider straps in and uses pneumatic muscles installed in the skeleton to steer it. The bike has a reported top speed of 75 miles per hour.
— City News Service