SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Parents of a Santa Barbara woman killed by a drunk-driving congressional aide have filed a federal lawsuit against the driver, Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps, and the U.S.
Santa Barbara news station KEYT reports that the wrongful death suit was filed by an attorney representing Matt and Raeona Dies.
Their daughter, 27-year-old Mallory Dies, was struck and killed by 32-year-old Raymond Morua in downtown Santa Barbara in December.
The suit says Moru was officially on the job while driving drunk after a holiday party. Morua has pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of the crime.
The suit claims that Capps hired Morua as a field representative despite being aware of two DUI convictions and failed to monitor him. Morua was fired after the incident.
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