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Evidence Keyed to Park
De La Cruz v. City of Los Angeles
Citation:2002 WL 358825 (2002)
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Appellant Juana Mercado and her infant daughter, Leslie, were seriously injured when Bryce Wicks, a 28-year veteran of Los Angeles Police Department, struck them with his Bronco sport utility vehicle. A witness gave investigating officers a partial license plate number and the next day, a vehicle registration search turned up Wicks’ Bronco as one of several possibly matching automobiles. The investigating officers notified Captain Wahler, who was in charge of the North Hollywood Station where Wicks was employed. Appellant brought an action on behalf of herself and her daughter against Wicks and the City of Los Angeles. Appellant charged Wicks and the City with negligence and sought to recover from the City, alleging that Wicks was acting in the scope of his employment at the time of the accident.
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