Family of Student Killed in Quake Files $10 Million Lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Relatives of a college student killed when a concrete slab fell on her in the Oct. 1 earthquake have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the state in connection with her death.
Leonardo and Olympia Elias of San Gabriel claim the state allowed unsafe conditions to exist at the Los Angeles campus of California State University, resulting in the death of their 21-year-old daughter, Lupe Elias-Exposito.
Miss Elias-Exposito, a pre-med honor student, was walking on campus when the slab tumbled three stories from a parking garage and hit her as the quake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck.
Ruth Goldway, a university spokeswoman, declined to comment on the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Superior Court.