Student Sues UC San Diego For Not Stopping Her From Protesting

A woman stood in the middle of a busy freeway to protest Trump's election, and was hit by a car.

San Diego, CA –A University of California-San Diego (UCSD) student who was hit by a vehicle when she willingly walked into an eight-lane freeway in the middle of the night during an anti-Trump march in 2016 has filed a lawsuit against the university and several other entities, blaming them for her injuries.

The personal injury and property damage lawsuit was filed in November, 2017, by 19-year-old UCSD sophomore Maria Flores, The College Fix reported.

In addition to UCSD, the complaint also listed the University of California Regents, the city and county of San Diego, the state of California, and the driver of the vehicle as defendants.

The protest was orchestrated in response to the announcement that Donald Trump had won the Nov. 8, 2016 presidential election, The Guardian reported.

Students gathered on Library Walk and marched throughout the UCSD campus as they criticized the president-elect, and eventually made their way to a nearby interstate in the early hours of Nov. 9, 2016.

The protesters then walked across the freeway lanes, and positioned themselves in an “S” formation, with the intention of stopping southbound traffic.

While authorities rushed to shut down the busy roadway, a driver managed to get around an emergency vehicle that was attempting to intercept traffic, The College Fix reported.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the car hit Flores at about 1:40 a.m.

The incident was captured on video (below.)

The impact crushed Flores’ pelvis and fractured her leg, The Guardian reported.

According to her attorney, Gene Sullivan, Flores also sustained other injuries, and has permanent disabilities, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Sullivan claimed that Flores’ injuries will cost millions of dollars in medical treatment throughout her lifetime, and argued that UCSD is partially responsible for her damages because the school failed to stop the demonstration, The Guardian reported.

"We think it's a case of shared responsibility of the school, Maria and the driver, and we're not saying that anybody is without fault or fault-free," Sullivan told the Los Angeles Times. "We think other people bear some responsibility as well."

Sullivan alleged that UCSD knew the demonstration was going to occur and chose not to stop it, The Guardian reported.

Sullivan said that the university showed support for the demonstration – simply by their failure to act against it.

He also said that UCSD failed to warn Flores that no one was providing security at the demonstration.

“It’s a long-established rule that a university or any public entity has a duty to protect their students and have them be safe,” Sullivan told The Guardian.

The lawsuit requests compensation for attorney fees, court costs and unspecified damages, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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bripct
bripct

You never know! It is California and 9th Circuit territory!

Doc45
Doc45

All you can do is laugh at the stupidity. You can't slap it out of them.

Jmo
Jmo

Another idiot, I hope the judge laughs in her face

homelesscities
homelesscities

I support this woman's right to protest! I think this group should stand on an active runway.

I.AM.ME.YOU.ARE.YOU.
I.AM.ME.YOU.ARE.YOU.

I don't think her lawsuit will go anywhere. That'll set a new precedent in the courts and leave just about anybody liable in future protests where someone gets even remotely injured, injured feelings probably included in that. I think they should start making the plaintiffs pay the court costs in frivolous lawsuits or maybe even have the attorney pay them. These attorneys play spaghetti with these law suits. They just throw them all against a wall and see which one sticks and they get to do it over and over again because they are not penalized. Now if they are, they won't be so quick to take on or even look for these kinds of lawsuits. Also, if the plaintiffs have to pay the court costs in these cases, then they are less likely to sue. If this is allowed to actually go through though and she wins money from it, this state is going to fall even lower than it is now and the amount of these types of lawsuits will logjam the court system and I guarantee that there will be multiple lawsuits out of every protest from here on out.