ANAHEIM – In 2014, Paulina Perez, an 11-year-old girl was crossing the street of Lincoln Avenue to Juliette Low Elementary School at 7:08 a.m. when she was struck by a red-light runner. The girl was severely injured and suffered broken bones and traumatic head injuries which required continuous care. It was also reported that the left side of the girl’s body is paralyzed and her right side has limited mobility. Paulina Perez can’t speak and is confined mostly to a wheelchair or her bed.
It was reported that the girl was on her way to school for a daily free breakfast that began at 7 a.m. Paulina Perez was in a crosswalk when the accident occurred, and that was just seven minutes earlier for the crossing guard to take his position there.
For years, the school offers free breakfast at 7:30 a.m. but in January 2014 the free breakfast time was changed to 7 a.m. with a crossing guard scheduled to be in the place at 7:15.
Mark Robinson said that whoever is in charge is “playing with fire.” Before the accident happened, they didn’t have a crossing guard on that busy intersection for nine months! Most of the students would be coming for free breakfast between 6:45 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. Mark Robinson is the girl’s family lawyer.
A lawsuit was filed in 2015 and among those sued were the school district, the city and its Police Department, the driver and the crossing guard company. The red-light runner driver was Thalia Sanchez-Siles, who, according to the lawyer was driving without a license, didn’t have insurance and doesn’t have any money to pay the family.
It was clear that there was a confusion with All City Management Services, the police department and the Magnolia School District in giving instructions and directions about the crossing guards shift time relative to the school’s bell time and not the breakfast time.
A settlement agreement is being finalized with Anaheim and the city-hired All City Management Services and the Magnolia School District. Both parties are waiting for a judge to sign off the settlement and finalize a life-care program for Paulina Perez.
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