Parents Of Cyclists File Wrongful Death Lawsuits


According to recent reports the parents of two cyclists that were killed by a Sheriff’s deputy in Santa Clara County have filed wrongful death lawsuits. The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Kristy Gough, aged thirty, and Matt Peterson, aged twenty nine, died after they were hit by the car being driven by Deputy James Council. The incident occurred in March, and Council, the county, and the Sheriff’s office have all been named as defendants.

Council has been accused of “negligently, carelessly, recklessly and unlawfully” crossing the center line whilst driving his patrol car. The lawsuit claims that this resulted in the deaths of the two cyclists and also inured a third.

One Santa Clara County official said: “We clearly recognize that we have responsibility and liability for this. But we have been unable, in the short term that we’ve been talking, to reach agreement as to what the value of the case is.”


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