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DEFENDANT’S Railroad Negligence – Train hits disabled car – Wrongful death of car driver and passenger.

Superior Court of California, Riverside County

This case saw the resolution of a wrongful death suit against a railroad after a train collision left two young women dead. The railroad denied any negligence.

On October 31, ________, Renee A. and Tanya S. suffered fatal injuries after a mile-long Union Pacific Railroad Company train collided with their disabled car near the Mission Inn Avenue grade crossing in downtown Riverside, California. The parents and representatives of the deceased women filed suit in the Superior Court of California’s Riverside division for wrongful death. The plaintiffs sought $10 million for each of the deceased. The defendant, Union Pacific Railroad, denied any negligence.

At trial, the plaintiffs asserted that Union Pacific Railroad Company and its employee crew were negligent in operating the train, failed to observe the decedents’ disabled car, and apply the emergency brakes in time to avoid the collision. The defense asserted at trial that the women put themselves in harm’s way because the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated and that the train crew acted responsibly. The railroad further asserted that the train was being operated properly, that there was no negligence on the part of Union Pacific Railroad or its crew.After deliberating less than two hours, an eight-man, four-woman jury voted 11-1 to find the train company and its crew not at fault in women’s deaths.

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