The children of an innocent third party killed in a pursuit of burglary suspects in Industry are suing Los Angeles County and the Sheriff’s Department, alleging his life could have been spared if a deputy had stopped the chase and called in air support.

Erik, Judy and Sabrina Gonzalez, the son and daughters of Rogelio Gonzalez, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The complaint also names as defendants the deputy, identified only by the last name Cariaga; Anthony Quisenberry, the driver of the car that was being chased; and Emette Bragg, a co-owner of the car.

The plaintiffs allege the LASD failed to provide Cariaga with regular training on policy in place at the time for high-speed pursuits, “which also set for the conditions for an officer to call in air support for the chase.”

Cariaga initially called of the chase, “then restarted it with no regard for public safety,” according to the suit, which also alleges that dangerous maneuvers and speeds by Cariaga impacted the way Quisenberry drove as he tried to flee.

The suit filed Friday seeks unspecified damages. A representative for the LASD did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Sheriff’s deputies said previously that Los Angeles residents Quisenberry, 36, and Michael Smyer, 27, and 33-year-old Charles Allen of Hawthorne were fleeing a Hacienda Heights burglary scene on May 31, 2016, when their getaway vehicle crashed into Gonzalez’s small SUV at the intersection of Gale Avenue and Johnson Drive.

Gonzalez, 66, of Downey, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies from the sheriff’s Industry station had responded to a burglary in progress in the 15200 block of Folger Street in Hacienda Heights about 4:05 p.m., according to the department.

–City News Service

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