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A boy was killed in a car crash. Now his parents are suing the suspected drunken driver

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The parents of an 8-year-old Selma boy, killed in a DUI-related car crash, have filed a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit against the suspected drunken driver.

Scott and Megan Martzen are seeking an unspecified amount of damages for the emotional distress caused by the tragic crash.

Their lawyer, Adam Stirrup, said the couple continues to suffer emotionally over the loss of their son, Maverick Martzen. “This has devastated them,” Stirrup said.

The crash happened on Feb. 23 just after 10 p.m. The Martzens were in a Kia Optima traveling eastbound on Rose Avenue at Bethel Avenue when Karmjit Singh ran the stop sign on northbound Bethel Avenue.

Singh’s BMW 750i was traveling at nearly 100 mph when it slammed into the passenger side of the Martzens’ car, pushing it into a tree, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The child, who was in the right rear passenger seat, was rushed to Selma Hospital and later flown to Valley Children’s Hospital, where he died.

The parents were treated at Selma Hospital for broken bones.

Singh, 35, was arrested and charged with murder in the DUI-related crash. His pre-preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 14 in Fresno County Superior Court.

The civil lawsuit, filed on Feb. 28, names Singh and Parminder Singh, owner of the BMW, as defendants. In the lawsuit, it alleges that Parminder Singh knew that Karmjit Singh was unfit to to operated a vehicle “because he regularly drove under the influence of alcohol and/or other substances.”

He was also previously convicted of driving under the influence in 2016. And his license was suspended as a result, the lawsuit states.

A case management conference is scheduled for July 3 in Fresno County Superior Court.



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