Mother Suing School District Over Her Daughter's Death

Mother files claim again San Jose Unified School District

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    Mother holds school district responsible for her daughter's death.

    The mother of a sixth-grader who was hit and killed by a car as she biked home from Hoover Middle School in June filed a claim this week against the San Jose Unified School District saying the district did not have an adequate traffic safety plan in place when her daughter was struck.

    In the claim, Donna Slaughter, the mother of 12-year-old Breanna Slaughter-Eck, accuses the district of failing to address traffic safety issues.

    Karen Fuqua, spokeswoman for the school district, said she could not comment on the case but said the district has taken several steps to improve safety at all schools.

    Curbs in the area have been painted by the Department of Transportation and the school district rerouted traffic to help improve traffic flow and safety, among other improvements, Fuqua said.

    "We've done a lot of communication with our parents about the new traffic flow," she said.

    Buses now use a side parking lot instead of the front lot, and parents are encouraged to use the parking lots for pickup and drop-off instead of going through neighborhood streets.

    All students have been given safety lessons, and all sixth-graders were offered free helmets, she said.

    "We also reinforce the need to walk our kids to school. It's healthier, and it gets one more car out of the mix," Fuqua said.

    Breanna Slaughter-Eck, 12, was riding her bicycle on Selborn Place on her way home from Hoover Middle School on June 12 when she was struck by a Ford Bronco driven by Adriana Fierro De Marin.

    De Marin was on her way to pick up her own daughter from the school.

    Stuart Kirchick, the attorney for Slaughter, could not be reached for comment. The claim was filed Monday.