Family members of the victims of a fatal Bay Area limousine fire that killed five women en route to a wedding party, including the bride and a friend both from Fresno, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against six companies.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the lawsuit claims the companies were responsible for the vehicle malfunction that caused the May 4 fire that trapped nine women, killing five of them, as they drove over the San Mateo Bridge.
Investigators say a failure of the air suspension system caused the fire of the limo that was carrying nine women to a party in Foster City.
The four women who survived helped each other crawl out through a tiny window separating the passenger and driver compartments until the flames and smoke grew too heavy.
The bride, Neriza Fojas, 31, of Fresno, was one of the five fatally injured victims found gathered together near the tiny window. The others were Michelle Estrera, 35, of Fresno; Anna Alcantara, 46, of San Lorenzo; Felomina Geronga, 43, of Alameda; and Jenni Balon, 39, of Dublin.
Fojas and Estrera were nurses at Community Regional Medical Center.
Limo Stop Inc., Ford Motor Co., Bay Area Limousine Repair Inc., Accubuilt Inc., Accubuilt Acquisition Holdings Inc. and DaBryan Coach Builders Inc. are named in the suit. Each is responsible for manufacturing or modifying the limousine. No criminal charges were filed.
The Fresno Bee contributed to this report.