The Monique Muñoz family has reached an $18 million settlement in a lawsuit against the parents of a teenager who was driving a Lamborghini SUV at 100mph when the red light focused and crashed into their car in West Los Angeles.
muñoz, 32, in a crash February 17, 2021 on Olympic Boulevard and Overland Boulevard. She was turning left when she was hit by a Lamborghini Urus driven by the 17-year-old son of millionaire businessman James Khoury.
It was a high-end SUV Travel at nearly 100 miles per hourThe investigators gave their testimony at a juvenile court hearing.
Muñoz was driving home to Hawthorne from her job at UCLA Health in Los Angeles when she was murdered.
The family’s attorney announced the settlement Wednesday. The Muñoz family filed the civil lawsuit in September.
“Today is an important milestone because the Muñoz family can finally end this horrific tragedy. The family faced many obstacles from both private insurance companies and the Los Angeles Attorney General’s Office, and they witnessed the harsh realities of racism and prejudice,” attorney Daniel Gezi, who represents the family, said in a statement. against those who belong to disadvantaged communities.”
Lawyers for the Khoury family did not immediately respond to a phone call Wednesday seeking comment on the settlement.
Lawyers for Muñoz’s family said the prize could exceed $25 million. During Wednesday’s hearing, the judge continued the case to a later date when the family’s full compensation would be determined.
The teenager was ordered last year to serve seven to nine months in a juvenile camp after that Juvenile Court Petition Accepted which accused him of manslaughter with a car.
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“The family has asked the county attorney general to investigate this case and has met with the office dozens of times to defend their family,” Gichey said. “It was never about money for the Muñoz family, it was about acknowledging the misconduct (the teen) that led to the death of their only daughter and ensuring that he is held accountable. Today’s settlement is a testament to their efforts and is a step closer to justice.”
In the Juvenile court hearing, a Los Angeles police officer testified about what was found in the SUV’s event data recorder. Officer Daniel Whitmore said the car clocked in at 86 mph five seconds before the accident with the driver’s foot “fully on the accelerator at 100 percent”.
He said the SUV had been traveling in about 106 seconds before crashing.
The data logger indicated that the brakes were applied, but only slowed the SUV to somewhere between 77 and 92 mph when it crashed into the passenger side of the Lexus.
The accident occurred during rush hour traffic in a 35-mph zone.
The teenager, whose name has not been released due to his age, apologized to Muñoz’s family during court proceedings, saying, “Please know that I deeply regret it from the bottom of my heart.”
at Instagram postKhoury apologized to the Muñoz family.
“I understand that the time I took to communicate has caused even more pain to all those affected,” the post read. “Knowing that this will never do justice to the Monique Munoz family, I would like to apologize to the Munoz family for the tragic loss of their daughter. There are no words I can say to relieve the pain you are experiencing. And I realize none of my words or actions will be able to bring your daughter back.”
In a letter read by the prosecutor in court, the victim’s mother wrote that the teen “made an unfortunate and avoidable choice” and that the hardest part was learning to live without her daughter, whom she called her best friend.
“The only comfort I can feel is that she knew how loved and loved she was,” Carol Cardona wrote in the letter.
Victim’s relatives and activists He claimed the charges were not brought quickly enough In the case due to the wealth and influence of the teenager’s father. Forbes magazine described Khoury as a millionaire who owns several real estate companies, manufacturing companies, and e-commerce.
Police said the delay in arresting the driver, which came on February 23, 2021, was because he had been taken to hospital with injuries.
James Khoury was charged with a misdemeanor for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A hearing in this case is scheduled for June 8.