An election protest gone awry at The University of California-San Diego is now evolving into a personal injury lawsuit.
Mariana Flores, who is a sophomore at UCSD, was protesting against President Donald Trump’s victory on a busy San Diego freeway when a vehicle hit her. The accident pulverized her pelvis, shattered her leg, and caused other serious injuries, reported The Guardian campus newspaper.
Flores, in her lawsuit filed in late November, partly blames campus leaders for her injury, arguing they should have stopped the protest before it got dangerous, according to news reports.
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The Nov. 2016 protest had begun at “Library Walk” and traveled through campus. Next, protestors ended up on the I-5, a very large and busy eight-laned freeway that cuts through San Diego.
The car that stuck Flores had gotten around an emergency vehicle that had been trying to block traffic so police could close the freeway, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In an interview with The Guardian, Gene Sullivan, Flores’s lawyer, asserted that the university planned, organized and knew the protest was happening for hours and did nothing to stop it.
“According to Sullivan, not doing anything and failing to act is legally the same thing as supporting the protest,” the newspaper reported. “Sullivan further alleged that the protest was encouraged by people in positions of authority at the university, and that ‘if anyone that is in authority with the university – a [Residential Advisor] – says ‘let’s go,’ the university would be responsible.’” (Trending: Muslim ‘Blind Hacker’ Attacks Trump, Fakes ‘Hate Crimes’ Against Self)
The suit also lists the University of California Regents, the city and county of San Diego, the state of California, and the driver of the vehicle as defendants in the lawsuit.
When asked about the lawsuit by the Los Angeles Times, Sullivan said “We think it’s a case of shared responsibility of the school, Maria and the driver, and we’re not saying that anybody is without fault or fault-free. We think other people bear some responsibility as well.”
In addition, Sullivan explained that if any person representing the university, even if that person is simply a Residential Advisor, encouraged students to go to the protest, then the university would bear responsibility. (Related: Watch: Trump Supporters Protest DACA Amnesty Outside Democrat Sen. Feinstein’s Office)
While Sullivan admits that Flores is partially responsible for her injuries, he claims that, under the doctrine of comparative responsibility, the jury will get to decide what percentage of the injury is the fault of the plaintiff and what percentage of the injury is the fault of the defendant. Damages will be levied based on percentage.
The lawsuit seeks attorneys’ fees, court costs, and unspecified damages, the Times reports.
Here’s a video of the incident. Strong language warning:
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