Parents of girl who died of heatstroke in locked car sue BMW – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2014

Parents of a 14-year-old Madera girl are suing BMW North America, claiming their daughter died of heatstroke because she was unable to escape the family’s locked vehicle.

Graciela Martinez’s parents assert in a lawsuit filed this week that the “double-locking” mechanism in the family’s 1997 BMW 328i trapped their daughter and made it impossible for her to break out.

An autopsy later revealed Graciela died of heatstroke and environmental hyperthermia due to being trapped inside the vehicle.

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