LAWSUIT FILED BY FAMILY OF MAN KILLED BY SHERIFF’S PATROL CAR

LAWSUIT FILED BY FAMILY OF MAN KILLED BY SHERIFF’S PATROL CAR

The family of the man killed nearly a year ago in a crash with a Sheriff’s deputy in Twentynine Palms has filed a lawsuit against the deputy involved in the crash, as well as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department , the County, and the City. Z107.7 News has learned that the wife and children of Luc Van Bui filed a wrongful death lawsuit February 24. The plaintiffs allege that Deputy Erdem Gorgolu—who was driving eastbound on Highway 62 about 7:30 p.m. on April 30—was driving his marked patrol car “at speeds far in excess of the lawful speed limit … with no head lights, no running lights, no emergency lights, no signals nor any other lights of the vehicle being turned on, all in hours of total darkness.” The lawsuit also alleges that the deputy did not have the siren or any other audible warning signal turned on, adding that Bui “did not know Erdem Gorgolu and the vehicle he was operating was even approaching, let alone the speed at which he was coming.” Deputy Gorgolu’s patrol car crashed into the Toyota Camry driven by Bui as he was pulling out of the Burger King onto Highway 62, killing him. Bui’s family allege in the lawsuit that due to Luc Van Bui’s death, they have suffered economic losses, as well as medical, hospital, and funeral expenses, and the loss of love and companionship, among others. They also contend that in addition to the economic and non-economic damages they have suffered, they are entitled to recover punitive damages.

7 comments to LAWSUIT FILED BY FAMILY OF MAN KILLED BY SHERIFF’S PATROL CAR

  • I agree with everything above except the statement “all in hours of total darkness.” This was at 7:30 pm and it was a dusk with backlighting to the West direction. For visibility concerns, that was almost a bad as total darkness, but let’s be accurate and not exaggerate easily proven facts. Most all the accident investigation was in darkness.

  • Tabitha Scripture

    It is nice to see that someone is willing to stand up for their rights. What happened was a true tragedy, hopefully something can be learned from this and the police out here will realize that they are not above the law.

  • Z107.7 News

    David,

    You’ll note that the phrase you’re referring to, “all in hours of total darkness” is in quotation marks in the story. That phrase is copied exactly from the lawsuit, and is an allegation made by the family in their lawsuit. It is not a comment made by Z107.7 on the time of day the crash occurred.

  • I’m aware that it was the family that made the “total darkness” and that’s what I was bringing notice. The family (and/or their lawyer) shouldn’t say such exaggerations as it slightly weakens their already very strong case. The concerned deputy has crashed three patrol vehicles in questionable high speed excursions off the highway (one on Hwy 247, two on Hwy 62-the last one a fatality). So how many patrol cars does a deputy get to wreck before they make him a desk jockey?

  • Becky S.

    Good for them. It makes me sick, but not surprised, that the DA decided not to file charges. This cop should have been fired a long time ago.

  • JEFF

    I witnessed this event and it was horrible. The CHP was going 90+, No lights, No siren…he passed me and then one other car and then into the victim.

    When our Main Street also functions as a Freeway, it is poor planning and a contributing factor in this accident.

  • Becky S.

    Jeff, The cop was a San Bernardino Sheriff, not a CHP

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