The family of a man who was killed when his car was struck by a fire truck is suing L.A. County.
The widow and mother of Eric Stein, 36, have filed a suit against L.A. County and the fire truck’s driver, Michael Aplanalp, according to City News Service.
The tragic incident took place on July 31, when Stein was driving along Mulholland Highway in Agoura Hills to a rehearsal dinner for his brother’s wedding where he would have been the best man. Stein went to make a left turn on to Saddle Rock Ranch when an L.A. County fire truck passed him on the left and smashed into the driver’s side of Stein’s Ford Focus. Stein died at the scene and his wife, Knesia Rozen, was airlifted to a hospital.
The fire truck was a camp-crew vehicle transporting 13 female inmates from Malibu’s Fire Camp 13, where inmates aid in fire-relief efforts. The truck had its lights and sirens on as they were on their way to battle a fire in Sherman Oaks.
Rozen and Stein’s mother, Karen Kirn, have filed a suit in the L.A. Superior Court, accusing Aplanalp of driving too fast. They say he also passed Stein’s car unsafely on the left on a two-lane highway.
Rozen and Stein had married six months prior after dating for eight years. She is suing for unspecified damages, and the suit says she has suffered emotional distress after seeing her husband die, OC Weekly reports.
L.A. County Fire Department issued a statement at the time of Stein’s death, but the County has yet to comment on the suit.