Minivan driver sued for pedestrian fatality

The driver of a minivan is being sued in Superior Court after hitting a 48-year-old woman while she crossed the road in front of Twins Supermarket in Dandan. The incident resulted in her death.

She was pronounced dead by an attending physician after responding medics brought her to the hospital.

The husband and parents of Angelita D. Lozada are suing the driver, Guo Guozhen, and his employer for gross negligence and reckless disregard for Mrs. Lozada’s safety that caused her death.

The plaintiffs demanded a jury trial.

Bernardino Lozada, representing his dead wife, and Juanito and Jovita Dela Cruz, her parents, through attorney David G. Banes filed the lawsuit.

The immediate relatives of the victim asked the court to hold the defendants liable to pay them for damages, court costs, and attorney’s fees.

According to the complaint, Mrs. Lozada was crossing Chalan Monsignor Guerrero Road in front of Twins Supermarket at 5:20 am when a White 2016 Honda Odyssey driven by Guozhen approeched in the eastbound lane on its way to drop off two customers at the airport.

The car hit Mrs. Lozada, resulting in her fatal injuries. An ambulance brought her to the Commonwealth Health center, where she was pronounced dead that same day.

Banes said the complaint will be amended once they are able to identify Guozhen’s employer.

The lawyer also said the driver of the minivan was speeding as he was in a hurry to drop off the two customers at the airport.

Banes also said Guozhen’s employers are liable because, at the time Mrs. Lozada was struck, Guozhen was driving in the course and scope of his employment.

According to the police, the driver said he did not see the pedestrian, until a passenger in his car yelled “people!”

By the time he reacted, it was too late as his car had already struck the victim.

Investigating officers have ruled out alcohol as a determining factor in the case.

Bystanders interviewed by this reporter said the area is prone to accidents as it is difficult to see pedestrians crossing because of poor lighting in the area.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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