Lawsuit filed in deadly Coronado Bridge crash

Claim alleges mental and emotional damage
Posted at 6:23 PM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 21:23:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -  A new lawsuit has been filed against former Navy sailor Richard Sepolio.

Sepolio is accused of killing four people by driving his truck off the Coronado Bridge and onto a crowd.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this week on behalf of the families of Andre Banks and Francine Jimenez.

It claims they’ve suffered mental and emotional damage saying “plaintiffs have lost the love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society and moral support of Andre Banks and Francine Denise Jimenez as a result of defendants negligence and reckless actions.”

Sepolio's attorney has not yet responded to a request for comment on the court filing.

Court records show several lawsuits previously filed against Sepolio and Caltrans alleging like wrongful death, negligence, and dangerous condition of public property.

Richard Sepolio faces four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI. 

In August, his defense team argued to throw out the DUI charge, as well as crucial evidence, including initial conversations between Sepolio and his arresting officers. The judge concluded that both issues would be allowed in the upcoming trial.

Defense attorney Paul Pfingst has said his client was not under the influence and was trying to pass a car whose driver was attempting to cut him off when he was forced over a concrete wall.

According to Sepolio, another driver wouldn't let him move over, so he gunned his engine and was going 81 mph in a 45 mph zone when he hit the left guardrail and spun off the freeway and landed in Chicano Park, prosecutors previously said.