Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist sued for alleged wrongful death by California man

FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer plays during a performance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist is being sued for wrongful death and negligence after hitting and killing a pedestrian earlier this year. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday, July 10, 2024, by Ashley Sanchez, the daughter of 47-year-old Israel Sanchez, who died after being struck while walking in a crosswalk in Alhambra, east of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

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.

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