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Family of Injured Clifton Student Files $36 Million Claim Against City

The family of Berenice De La Torre, the Clifton Middle School student injured in a hit and run collision last year, filed a claim against Monrovia alleging that the city created a "dangerous condition of public property" that resulted in the crash.

The family of a sixth grader who was severely injured in a hit and run collision in January is alleging that the city is responsible for the accident and should pay $36 million in damages, according to city records.

Berenice De La Torre, 12, while crossing Huntington Drive on her walk home from school on Jan. 27, 2012. Her family filed a claim with the city seeking $36 million in damages to cover the cost of medical bills, loss of earnings and emotional distress.

"Ms. Berenice De La Torre, a minor, by and through her parent, Marisela Nuno, alleges that the City created a dangerous condition of public property, failed to warn, failed to mark and/or sign the street, has a defective design and location, created a trap, and operated an intersection in a dangerous manner at the time of the accident," according to a city agenda report written by Danielle Tellez, Monrovia's human resources manager.

Tellez recommends that the city deny the claim because she said that an investigation revealed De La Torre was crossing Huntington Drive outside a designated crosswalk.

"Based on the events of the accident, the configuration of Huntington Drive and Canyon Boulevard, there is no basis to allege a dangerous condition of public property, there does not appear to be a history of similar accidents at the location of this incident," Tellez wrote.

The and pleaded guilty to a felony hit and run charge. She was .

De La Torre returned to Clifton for the first time in June when she was

Anne Haven September 02, 2012 at 03:28 AM
In NO way is the city liable for this accident!!! It is the fault of the young girl for crossing outside the marked crosswalk, AND MOSTLY the fault of the unlicensed driver who sped away after hitting her!!!
Cyndi Bolander September 02, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Are you kidding me!!! This was a tragedy, however the the school district, the City and the community went above and beyond to help this family.
B Ulm September 05, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I can't believe I donated money to the family to help - and now they repay the community with a warrant-less lawsuit. I would now like my money back to donate to the city for their legal defense. Very sad....
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Margeaux Rox October 10, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Brad Hori: It's amazing how many people don't know about #B but only #A. I see people walk behind cars that are backing up in parking lots, where no one can see worth a darn. What would be so hard about stopping so the car can back out? I mean, cars do it, too. A car is backing out and they just drive on right behind them. It's positively stupid.

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