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Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Slapped With Wrongful Death Suit



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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has been sued for wrongful death in connection with a March accident that left a pedestrian dead.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by the family of 47-year-old Israel Sanchez, claims Klinghoffer was on his phone when he made a left turn and hit Sanchez. It includes a photo that appears to show the musician on his phone. “Mr. Klinghoffer should be arrested and prosecuted for homicide,” says attorney Nick Rowley. “We have a video of him on his cell phone at the time he hit and killed Israel Sanchez, a loving father, in a crosswalk.”

In response to the lawsuit, Klinghoffer’s attorney Andrew Brettler says, “It was a tragic accident. After Josh struck this pedestrian in the intersection, he immediately pulled over, stopped the car, called 911 and waited until police and the ambulance arrived. Obviously, he’s cooperating with the police.”