Parents Sue Man They Say Gave Alcohol to Their Son, Who Died in Rose Bowl Car Wreck

Published : Monday, August 28, 2017 | 5:49 AM

Brendan Leon, seen in an image posted on the San Marino High School ASB Facebook page Sunday, May 8, 2016.

The parents of a 17-year-old San Marino High School junior who was killed after the car he was driving crashed into a concrete pole near the Rose Bowl last year have filed a lawsuit Friday against a man they say gave their son alcohol at a party before the accident.

Robert and Patricia Leon filed the lawsuit against Kevin McCloskey at the Los Angeles Superior Court Friday. The lawsuit alleged wrongful death and negligence in the death of their son, Brendan Leon. They are seeking unspecified damages, according to City News Service.

The 17-year-old was a member of the San Marino High football team and had just celebrated his birthday when the tragedy occurred on May 8, 2016.

A witness said that the car was traveling at a high speed southbound on West Drive when it crashed at Seco Street before catching fire. The force of the impact made the the car almost unrecognizable. One of the wheels was found in a Rose Bowl parking lot, about 100 feet away from the wreck.

The witness said there was only one car involved. Pasadena Fire Department personnel pronounced Leon dead at the scene.

According to the lawsuit, McCloskey and others listed as “Does” gave Leon alcohol at a party before the crash. The defendants then allowed the teen to leave the party knowing he wasn’t sober enough to safely drive a vehicle, the suit said.

The parents, the lawsuit stated, were dependent upon their son “for, in part, love, comfort, compassion, solace, advice and moral and financial and other support,” including the operation and maintenance of their homes.

The teen was incapable of exercising the care “which it is reasonable to expect of a normal sober adult operating a motor vehicle,” but the defendants let him drive away from the party anyway, the lawsuit said.


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