The parents of a 17-year-old girl killed after being hit by a car near a school in Hyde Park in 2018 are suing the state of California, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles, alleging negligence on the part of all four entities.
Gabriela Leyva and two other students were standing on a sidewalk near Eighth and Florence avenues when a vehicle hit them following a collision with another car about 3:45 p.m. on June 4, 2018, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court wrongful death suit filed Friday by Santos and Elba Leyva.
The suit seeks unspecified damages. Representatives for the four government branches could not be immediately reached.
The plaintiffs’ daughter attended Alliance Renee and Meyer Luskin Academy High School, which also is named as a defendant, the suit states. She and the other students were leaving school and heading to a bus stop, the suit states.
Two cars driving in the area collided and one of them hit the girl and her fellow students, the suit states. The girl went airborne and hit part of an outdoor shop’s display before falling to the ground, the suit states. She suffered blunt force trauma to her chest and abdomen and died about 40 minutes later, according to the lawsuit.
The government entities and the school all had an obligation to ensure the safety of students leaving school, especially during rush hour, according to the lawsuit. The suit further alleges the timing of the traffic signals constituted a dangerous condition.
The defendants were aware of previous collisions between autos and pedestrians as well as with bicyclists, the suit alleges.
The two students with Gabriela recovered from their injuries, police said previously.