Crash Victims File Lawsuit Against Former Mayor Long

The families of four teenage girls injured in an auto accident involving former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long announced Monday they have filed ...

The families of four teenage girls injured in an auto accident involving former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long announced Monday they have filed a lawsuit against Long, alleging negligence.

Jean-Simon Serrano, attorney for the families, said during a press conference that the families are in disbelief that Long was re-elected to the Murrieta City Council after resigning his present term following a felony DUI charge. Cathy Rogers, mother of two of the girls injured -- Chloe, age 17, and Camille, 15 -- told reporters she believes Murrieta residents will regret their decision to vote Long back into office.

Rick Gibbs, Long and Jonathan Ingram received the most votes Nov. 4 for the three open council seats and are scheduled to be sworn into office on Dec. 2. Long has a Dec. 11 court date to face the DUI charge.

All four girls were hospitalized -- one with a serious neck injury -- when a truck driven by Long rear-ended their vehicle as the girls waited to turn left from Jefferson Avenue onto Lily Avenue Oct. 16, according to police. A field sobriety test was administered and police determined Long was impaired by alcohol.

Tests showed Long's blood alcohol level was .08 percent -- over the legal limit.

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