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Family of Leyla Beban, Teen Bicyclist Killed in 2012, Resolve Wrongful Death Claim

The Redwood City teen died following the November 2012 crash.

Flowers placed in memory of 14-year-old Woodside High student Leyla Beban.  Patch file photo.
Flowers placed in memory of 14-year-old Woodside High student Leyla Beban. Patch file photo.
By Bay City News Service: 

The family of a 14-year-old Redwood City girl killed in a traffic accident while riding her bicycle in 2012 say they have resolved a wrongful death claim from the incident, according to their lawyer.

The girl, Leyla Beban, was riding her bicycle to school on Nov. 26, 2012 when a pickup truck collided with her in Redwood City, according to her family's attorney Gary Brustin.

The family later filed a wrongful death claim, which has been resolved and the terms are confidential, according to Brustin.

The lawyer did not disclose to whom the wrongful death claim was made.

Leyla's family members wanted to set the record straight with the lawsuit and conduct their own investigation into the accident after being disappointed with the Redwood City police investigation, according to Brustin.

Leyla was on her way to school that day when she was hit by a vehicle at Jefferson Avenue and Alameda De Las Pulgas at about 8:30 a.m., according to Redwood City police.

The Woodside High School freshman and the driver of the vehicle were both turning right onto Alameda de las Pulgas from eastbound Jefferson Avenue, police said.

Leyla was taken to Stanford Hospital, where she died from her injuries, police said.

Redwood City police said Leyla was wearing her helmet at the time of the collision and the driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and cooperated with police.

The girl's family has created a non-profit in her memory, the Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation, that holds writing competitions to award scholarships and prizes to promising young writers and supports writing classes for underserved communities, according to Brustin.


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ROGER CLEGG March 25, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Everyone at the City in public works, traffic, etc. involved with NOT HAVING RECTIFIED this sub-standard, dangerous design has Leyla Beban's blood on their hands. They are raking in hundreds of thousands of $ on all the new development, and yet in 16 months, they haven't moved the signal base over 5 feet and re-poured the curb return. Even if the contractor made a fortune on this repair, it would cost less than $15,000~for the life of the first slain innocent!

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