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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist sued for alleged wrongful death by Alhambra man – Pasadena Star News

The daughter of the man fatally struck by a vehicle in Alhambra in March filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Wednesday, July 10, against the driver, a guitarist who has played with Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Josh Klinghoffer was named in the lawsuit filed by Ashley Sanchez, daughter of 47-year-old Israel Sanchez, alleging he was distracted when his SUV collided with her father, according to court papers.

On March 18, Israel Sanchez was on his way to the store to pick up groceries to make soup for his family, and was walking in a protected crosswalk at Main Street and Meridian Avenue, when he was struck by the SUV, fell to the ground, and was dragged a few feet until the vehicle stopped, according to video footage provided by Sanchez’s attorney.

Sanchez died hours later at a hospital.

“My dad was known to be an amazing cook, the most talented in his family, the best grandfather always full of love and joy,” Ashley Sanchez said in a statement. “His smile was so infectious. His life was taken by a careless act of a person who didn’t care to watch where he was driving.”

Klinghoffer, who remained at the scene and was not taken into custody, did not have a license plate on his SUV at the time of the crash, according to the lawsuit.

Alhambra police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“(Sanchez) did everything right, looking for oncoming traffic and obeying pedestrian signs, but tragically, Mr. Klinghoffer, in his haste and on his phone, fatally rear-ended him with a large SUV,” Nick Rowley, the daughter’s attorney, said Wednesday . “The loss and grief the Sanchez family now faces is immense.”

In a statement Wednesday, Klinghoffer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said the crash was a “tragic accident.”

“Josh then immediately pulled over, stopped the vehicle, called 911 and waited for the police and EMS to arrive. He is fully cooperating with the traffic investigation.”

Ashley Sanchez is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages

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