Relatives of woman killed in Lamborghini crash reach $18 million settlement

The family of the late Monique Muñoz, 32, reached an $18.85 million settlement after a 17-year-old rammed her vehicle at high speed with a Lamborghini and killed her last year, reports announced the family lawyers.

On Feb. 17, 2021, 17-year-old Brendan Khuri ran a red light in his father’s Lamborghini SUV and crashed into Monique Muñoz’s vehicle near the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported. Muñoz, who was returning from work at a hospital, died within 15 minutes of the collision, Fox News reported.

Prosecutors said that before the crash, Khuri – who pleaded guilty to one count of gross negligence driving homicide – was jumping lanes at speeds over 100 miles per hour (MPH) while he was piloting another vehicle, according to the AP.

Referring to the Lamborghini’s data recorder, Los Angeles Police Department officer Daniel Whitmore testified in juvenile court that the vehicle was zooming at about 106 mph two seconds before the crash, reported KNBC. Breaks were applied and the SUV slammed into Muñoz’s vehicle at speeds between 77 and 92 MPH, Whitmore said.

In September, a judge sentenced the teenager to nine months in a juvenile camp, followed by four months probation. That same month, Muñoz’s family filed a lawsuit leading to the $18.85 million settlement announced by their lawyers on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

“Know that I am deeply sorry from the bottom of my heart,” Khuri said during the hearing, according to KNBC.

Daniel Ghyczy, an attorney for the Muñoz family, said “the family can finally get closure for this horrific tragedy” after the settlement, according to KNBC.

Ghyczy said in part:

The family pleaded for the district attorney to investigate the case and met with the office dozens of times to defend their family. It was never about the money for the Muñoz family, it was about acknowledging the misconduct (by the teenager) that led to the death of their only daughter and ensuring he was held to account. responsible. Today’s settlement is a testament to their efforts and is one more step towards justice.

“The monetary reward could ultimately exceed $25 million, attorneys for Munoz’s family said,” The Associated Press noted. “During Wednesday’s hearing, the judge decided to continue the case at a later date, when full restitution to the family will be determined.”

Lawyers said that in the months before the accident, the Khuri had been cited for speeding and the Beverly Hills Police Department had seized the Lamborghini, which his father, James Khuri, had recovered for the teenager three days later, the Associated Press reported.

Additionally, lawyers for the Muñoz family argued that James Khuri — a wealthy businessman who has 1.9 million Instagram followers, according to Fox News — had previously posted about his son’s race on the social media platform.

James Khuri “owns four real estate companies and five manufacturing and distribution companies” and was aiming to make “$200 million in revenue with his e-commerce business in 2021”, a Forbes December 2020 profile shown.

The car-loving businessman is due in court on June 8 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Associated Press.


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