MTA considers $21M payout in ’03 Muni death

A $21 million settlement for the death of a 4-year-old girl who was fatally struck by a Muni maintenance truck in 2003 will be discussed Tuesday in a closed-door session by board members of the Municipal Transportation Agency.

Elizabeth Dominguez was killed when a maintenance truck driven by Muni employee Sebastian Garcia spun out of control and crushed her against a building wall as she walked home from preschool with family and friends.

In September of 2005, a San Francisco jury deemed Garcia negligent and awarded more than $20 million to Dominguez’s father, Humberto, and mother, Sylvia Lopez. Candelaria Valencia and Monica Valencia, two of Dominguez’s family friends who were also injured in the incident, were awarded more than $6 million in the decision.

The City Attorney’s Office appealed the decision, however, and lowered the settlement total to $21 million, according to city attorney spokeswoman Alexis Thompson. No money has yet been handed over to any of the four plaintiffs in the suit, Thompson said.

If the MTA’s board of directors decides to approve the settlement offer they will have three fiscal years to make the $21 million payment, Thompson said. If the board decides to not approve, different terms of the settlement will be sought and litigation will continue, Thompson said.

Humberto Dominguez could not be reached for comment Friday, and calls to his attorney, Kevin Boyle, were not returned. Through a translator, Dominguez spoke to The Examiner in February of 2005 following the death of his daughter.

“Life is very different now,” Dominguez said. “A part of me has been taken away. It’s like being alive and being dead at the same time.”

wreisman@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocalTransittransportation

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Azikiwee Anderson of Rize Up Bakery pulls and twists sourdough into shape on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco’s Rize Up Bakery serving up sourdough with a call to action

Azikiwee Anderson wakes up most mornings just before dawn to start cooking… Continue reading

Although The City has been shut down and largely empty, people have enjoyed gathering in places such as Dolores Park. <ins>(Al Saracevic/The Examiner)</ins>
Come back to San Francisco: The City needs you now

Time to get out of the house, people. The City’s been lonely… Continue reading

A surveillance camera outside Macy’s at Union Square on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Is the tide turning against surveillance cameras in SF?

Crime-fighting camera networks are springing up in commercial areas all around San… Continue reading

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott speaks alongside Mayor London Breed at a news conference about 2019 crime statistics at SFPD headquarters on Jan. 21, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What the media gets wrong about crime in San Francisco

By Lincoln Mitchell Special to The Examiner Seemingly every day now, you… Continue reading

Vice President Kamala Harris is under fire for her comments in Guatemala earlier this week. (Examiner file photo.)
SF immigration advocates slam Kamala Harris’ ‘betrayal’ to her past

Kamala Harris’ comments earlier this week discouraging Central Americans from traveling to… Continue reading

Most Read