DUI Fatal Crash | Malone v. Greenfield Union School District
Chain | Cohn | Clark filed lawsuits on behalf of the parents of siblings who died a year ago in an alleged DUI crash in south Bakersfield.
Caylee Brown, 9, and her brother Jeffrey “J.J.” Malone Jr., 19, were standing at a bus stop on Panama Lane in December 2021 when motorist Lisa Gwen Core, 47, veered into eastbound lanes while driving west and struck both siblings, according to California Highway Patrol reports. JJ had just met Caylee at the school bus drop-off when Core’s sedan veered across the eastbound lanes of Panama Lane, jumped the curb, and mowed them down on the sidewalk.
The lawsuit alleges Greenfield Union School District approved bus routes and a stop on heavily traveled roads that “expose students” to a “foreseeable risk of harm.” Attorney Matt Clark provided the following statement to media:
“This was a tragic incident that claimed the lives of Caylee and J.J. We had previously filed a civil lawsuit against the alleged impaired driver Lisa Core, who has multiple pending felony counts in a criminal case filed by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. On behalf of our clients, we recently made a claim against the Greenfield Union School District pursuant to the California Tort Claims Act, and in the early portion of next year, we’ll have the opportunity to begin discovery into why the school district chose to put a bus stop for elementary-aged students on a busy street with a speed limit of 50 miles per hour.”
For more on this case, please see “Lawsuit Filed Against Greenfield Union School District In DUI Crash That Killed Siblings In South Bakersfield“.