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Parents of Santa Barbra woman killed in fatal DUI crash sue California Congresswoman


Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps and the U.S. government are sued by the parents of a Santa Barbara woman who was killed by a drunk-driving congressional aide. In December, their daughter, 27-year-old Mallory Dies, was hit and killed by 32-year-old Raymond Morua in downtown Santa Barbara.

The federal lawsuit filed said that the U.S. government and Morua can be held responsible for the incident.

The wrongful death suit was filed by lawyer Robert Stoll who is representing Matt and Raeona Dies, according to the Santa Barbara news station KEYT reports.

Morua was leaving a party on Friday when he struck Dies, who wasn’t in a crosswalk but was crossing legally, said the authorities.

According to the suit, Capps hired Morua as a field representative despite knowing about the two DUI convictions and that he failed to monitor him. Morua was fired after the incident.

Morua has pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of the crime. Court records show that he has been arrested 2 times for DUI before, a hit-and-run and an embezzlement conviction.

Stoll said, “Mr. Morua has said under oath, under penalty of perjury, that he was on the job”. Adding that if that’s the case, “then Lois Capps is responsible”.

According to Capps, the incident was a tragedy. She also said that Morua was not working for her the night of the incident and has also tightened her hiring procedures. Capps’ office said that Morua was not at the party as a representative for Capps.

“My heart goes out to the family of the victim. I lost a daughter way before her time and its heartache,” said Capps.

Dies was on life support for several days after she was struck. Stoll said that the couple wants to get some of their expenses paid.

News Source: www.ClaimsJournal.com

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My name is Aaron Bortel. I practice in the state of California. I handle DUI cases exclusively and have been practicing for over 25 years.