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Josh Klinghoffer, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, sued in pedestrian collision

Josh Klinghoffer plays guitar on stage.
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has been sued in the death of a pedestrian in Alhambra.
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Josh Klinghoffer, the former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, has been sued after a March incident where he allegedly ran over a pedestrian crossing the street in Alhambra.

The new lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Ashley Sanchez, the daughter of the pedestrian, Israel Sanchez, and obtained by The Times, alleges that on the afternoon of March 18, 44-year-old Klinghoffer was driving a black GMC Yukon at the corner of West Main Street and Meridian Avenue in Alhambra. Klinghoffer turned left at the intersection while 47-year-old Israel Sanchez was walking in the marked crosswalk.

“The pedestrian was thrown and/or dragged across the asphalt where he sustained blunt force trauma to the head, and lay on the pavement until medical transport arrived,” the suit claims. Sanchez was pronounced dead at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena at 5:28 p.m.

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“Video of the incident shows that defendant Josh Adam Klinghoffer made no braking or slowing motion until after he fatally struck Israel Sanchez, indicating that Defendant was likely driving while distracted,” the suit continues. “This horrible outcome was foreseeable and demonstrates a willful disregard for the rights and safety of others.”

Klinghoffer’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said “it was a tragic accident.”

“After Josh struck this pedestrian in the intersection, he immediately pulled over, stopped the car, called 911 and waited until police and the ambulance arrived,” Brettler said in a statement to The Times. “Obviously, he’s cooperating with the police throughout the traffic investigation. This was purely a tragic accident.”

The suit did not list an amount for damages sought.

Klinghoffer performed and recorded with the Red Hot Chili Peppers from 2009 to 2019, and in 2012 was inducted with the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Since leaving the band, he’s toured and recorded with Pearl Jam and Iggy Pop.

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