Relatives of a teenage woman killed in the San Fernando Valley in 2018 after her car was struck by another vehicle are suing the city of Los Angeles and the state of California, alleging the intersection was negligently designed and not upgraded to accommodate the current traffic volume.
The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit also names as a defendant Tiana Brown, allegedly driving the other vehicle that ran into the car of the decedent, 19-year-old Nora Rose-Hines. The suit filed Monday alleges wrongful death and dangerous condition of a public property and seeks unspecified damages.
Rose-Hines was trying to turn left from Strathern Street onto Balboa Boulevard on Nov. 28 when she was hit on the driver’s side by the other vehicle, according to the lawsuit.
The intersection was a danger to the public because of its poor design and maintenance as well as its lack of improvements to handle Thursday’s current traffic levels, the suit states. Other similar accidents happened at the same location, the suit states.
Rose-Hines was a singer-songwriter who could play both the piano and the guitar, according to an obituary posted in Legacy.com.
She performed often at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, where she created the role of Eve Christmas in the holiday musical, “Yo Ho Ho: A Pirate’s Christmas,” according to the posting.
Rose-Hines performed for a year in Debbie Allen’s RISE theater program, the posting said.
She taught music and dance to Guatemala children the two summers before her death and planned to return to that country again this year, the posting stated.