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Art Walk death results in settlement from City of LA

Art Walk draws thousands of people to the streets of downtown L.A. once a month. A family sued the City of Los Angeles, alleging overcrowding led to the death of their infant when a car jumped the curb.
Art Walk draws thousands of people to the streets of downtown L.A. once a month. A family sued the City of Los Angeles, alleging overcrowding led to the death of their infant when a car jumped the curb. KPCC

The family of a two-month-old baby who was killed during the downtown Art Walk in 2011 will receive a $500,000 settlement from the City of Los Angeles

The L.A. City Council voted in closed session Wednesday to settle with Jimmy and Natasha Vasquez. 

The couple and their infant, Marcello, were at the monthly Art Walk event on July 14, 2011 when a driver who was attempting to park mistakenly hit his gas pedal instead of the brake. That caused the car to jump the curb and strike the child's stroller on the sidewalk. He died the next day from his injuries. 

The family's lawsuit accused the city of ignoring overcrowding problems created by the festival. 

"It was an unfortunate accident, but the family is happy that the city resolved the case," Jonathan S. Dennis, an attorney for the Vasquez family, said in a statement. 
 

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