Highland Park — The City Council today agreed to pay $6 million to the family of a student who was struck and killed by a city service truck as he crossed Figueroa Street on his way to school.
Perez, “described as a well-liked and active senior,” was dressed in his school uniform when he was killed, according to a person at the school.
School officials had cancelled classes followingthreats issued against L.A. Unified campuses
. But apparently the 17-year-old from Montebello was not aware of the last-minute closureas he made his way from the Gold Line station in Highland Park to the school in Hermon
“Our hearts go out to Andres’ parents, it is hard to imagine the enormity of their loss,” said City Attorney spokesman Rob Wilcox, who confirmed the settlement amount. The payout will settle the lawsuit brought by Perez’ mother.
Perez was the third person killed that year by a motor vehicle on Figueroa. The crash came as pedestrian and cycling advocates were seeking to boost safety measures and slow down traffic on the street.
But city officials disputed claims that the intersection where Perez was killed was dangerous, reports the L.A. Times.
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