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Lawsuit filed over car surfing death at Lovington HS

NMLOVim9a-300x225LOVINGTON — The family of a 17-year-old Lovington high school student who died after falling off a moving vehicle on campus is suing the school district.

Lawyers for the family of Peggy Saenz filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday, accusing the school district and administrators of neglect.

Saenz died in August after an accident in the school parking lot.

The lawsuit says the school district knew about dangerous conditions in the parking lot and did nothing. Court papers also say the district didn’t have security officers in the parking lot.

Lovington Municipal Schools Superintendent Darin Manes and Lovington High School Principal Chris Brattain, both named in the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

The family seeks more than $2.5 million in damages and legal fees.

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