The parents of one of the student victims of the September 2015 Aurora Bridge crash lost a round in federal court as they tried to hold the sightseeing company accountable for their emotional distress suffered over the death of their daughter.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly ruled that as per Washington state law, parents cannot recover these kinds of damages if the parents didn’t rely on the child for support. In this case, the student, 20-year-old Ha Ra Kim, was financially dependent on her parents, not the other way around.
In addition, state law says the beneficiaries need to be in the United States at the time of the event, and the student’s parents live in Korea.
The family still has outstanding emotional distress claims against Ride the Ducks of Seattle LLC and its parent company in two other states where the company is headquartered.
In addition, the family is still suing Ride the Ducks for not properly maintaining or operating its vehicle.
Five people were killed and dozens injured when a Ride the Ducks amphibious touring vehicle lost a wheel and swerved into a motor coach carrying international students newly enrolled at North Seattle College.