The family of a California student who was killed in April when a FedEx truck struck the charter bus he was a passenger on has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the express mail company.
The lawsuit, filed by the family of 18-year-old Ismael Jimenez in Los Angeles County, is the latest lawsuit to be filed in the wake of the fiery April 10 bus crash, which left 10 people dead. Mr. Jimenez, an aspiring artist from Los Angeles, was on a charter bus trip taking students on a weekend tour to Humboldt University in Arcata, Calif. He was among five Southern California students killed. The crash also killed three adult chaperones, the bus driver, and the driver of the FedEx freight truck.
The Jimenez family blames the crash on FedEx; Volvo, which manufactured the FedEx truck; and the FedEx driver. Silverado Stages, the company that operated the charter bus, is also named in the Jimenez lawsuit. The family seeks unspecified damages.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Jimenez lawsuit alleges that the FedEx driver, traveling south on Interstate 5 in Orland, signaled to merge into the left lane but failed to straighten out and traveled east across nearly 60 feet of median and into oncoming traffic.
According to witnesses, Mr. Jimenez died at the front of the bus helping to free other passengers from the wreckage, which had erupted in flames and smoke on impact.
Earlier complaints stemming from the crash include one from the mother of another student who died and a student who was severely injured. Several more cases are expected to be filed in connection with the crash in coming weeks.