Land Rover sued over crash that paralyzed Aspen teen
An Aspen teenager is suing the maker of a vehicle that rolled over and left her partially paralyzed.
Mackenzie Langley, through her father, Bob Langley, filed suit earlier this month in the U.S. District Court of Denver against Jaguar Land Rover and a group of associated companies.
Langley, 18, used a walker to obtain her diploma at Aspen High School’s commencement exercises June 3 — nearly two years before the early-morning crash June 23, 2014, on Castle Creek Road.
She was riding in the backseat of a 2013 Land Rover driven by another classmate who lost control of the vehicle, which crashed and rolled over on Castle Creek Road near the Aspen Music Festival and School. Langley was partially ejected from the vehicle and has undergone extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation ever since.
The suit blames Jaguar Land Rover for making a vehicle that “was in a defective condition and unreasonably dangerous to a person who might reasonably be expected to use it.”
“When sold as new, the subject vehicle was defective in its design and manufacture,” the suit said. “It was unreasonably dangerous when used as intended. The defective design and manufacturing created a risk of harm to persons or property that would not ordinarily be expected in a passenger automobile and/or is not outweighed by the benefits to be achieved from such a design.”
Among the vehicle’s defections were its roof, design and performance, the suit said. The suit makes claims for strict liability, negligence and breach of implied warranties.
It is the latest suit in a series of civil complaints by the Langleys.
Earlier this year, they settled with the parents of the driver for an unspecified sum of money. The Colorado State Patrol cited the driver, who was a minor at the time of the accident, for careless driving causing injury and violating curfew. The driver and another front-seat passenger were wearing seat belts.
Previous reports said Langley was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The suit said she was.
Bob Langley declined comment. Alex Wilschke, the Denver attorney who filed the complaint, could not be reached Thursday.
Mackenzie Langley plans to attend the University of Denver this fall.
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