The mother of a California high school student who died in a bus crash tells local news affiliate CBS Los Angeles that she wants to prevent more crashes like the one that claimed her son's life. Israel Jimenez was 18-years-old when the charter bus he was riding on was hit head-on by a FedEx truck. Jimenez's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against FedEx, truck manufacturer Volvo, bus company Silverado Stages and bus manufacturer Setra. They are seeking unspecified damages.
"We don't want this to ever happen to anyone because this is one of the worst pains that anyone could pretty much go through," the victim's sister, Evelin Jimenez, told CBS Los Angeles. "We don't care for this money. We want answers."
On April 10, 2014, Jimenez was riding with some classmates in a bus on Interstate 5 in Orland, California. The group was on its way to take a tour of Humboldt University when the driver of the FedEx truck apparently lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the bus. Five students, three chaperones, and two drivers were killed.
Witnesses said Jimenez helped other students escape from the fiery wreckage before he died.
The mother of another of the student victims filed a lawsuit against FedEx last month, seeking $100 million in damages. She alleges that other FedEx trucks have caught fire in the past.
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