A wrongful death action has been filed by Kiesel Law LLP against Federal Express on behalf of the family of Ismael Jimenez.
Paul Kiesel stated at the May 20, 2014, news conference that the lawsuit is on behalf of Ismael Jimenez, 18, an aspiring college student and artist. Ismael and other high school seniors were headed north for a tour of Humboldt State University when the bus was struck head-on by the FedEx truck. “Ismael sacrificed his life to save the lives of other students on the bus,” noted Kiesel. “This was the Bus Full of Dreams, because these were disadvantaged children who had excelled in school and were the first in their families to attend college.” “Liability rests first and foremost with Federal Express. Federal Express owned, maintained and ran that tractor unit,” said Kiesel. “By bringing this claim now, it gives the family the legal right to determine why this tragic crash happened.” Ismael Jimenez rushed to the front of the bus as it was filling with smoke, broke out a window and helped lift others to safety. Evelin Jimenez, Ismael’s sister, said, “He could have saved his own life, but he put the lives of others first. He is a Hero.”