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Parents of Asiana crash victim drop wrongful-death lawsuit

Parents of Asiana crash victim drop wrongful-death lawsuit
Thefamily of a teen killed in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on July 6, 2013, at San Francisco International Airport have dropped their wrongful-death lawsuit against county and city officials in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press)

The parents of a 16-year-old girl killed by an emergency vehicle responding to the crash of an  Asiana Airlines jet in San Francisco in 2013 have dismissed their lawsuit against city and county officials, who they accused of negligence in their daughter's death.

The lawsuit was filed last summer in San Mateo County Superior Court.  Gan Ye and Xiao Yun Zheng said their daughter, Ye Mengyuan, was hurt during the crash, left in a dangerous area and then abandoned by emergency workers as she lay in a "fetal position," only to be run over by two firefighting vehicles.

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But the suit was dropped without a public statement from the family Friday. Both sides will pay for their own legal fees, court filings show.

"Our hearts go out to the parents of Ye Miing Yuan and to all the surviving loved ones of the three who lost their lives in the tragic crash of Asiana Flight 214," City Atty. Dennis Herrera said in a statement. "We're grateful for a dismissal that will spare everyone involved the added heartache and costs of litigation, which we believed from the beginning to be without legal merit… in the face of great danger to their own lives, our emergency responders showed heroism and selflessness that day. They deserve our honor and gratitude."

Ye was one of three people killed when the Asiana Airlines flight clipped a sea wall and slammed into a runway at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013.

More than 180 of the 307 passengers and crew members aboard Flight 214 were injured in the crash.

Ye, a Chinese high school student, slid down one of the Boeing 777's emergency exit ramps, according to the lawsuit.

She was on the ground when she was struck by two firefighting vehicles, according to a report released by San Francisco airport and fire officials in January.

Coroner's officials said Ye suffered crushing injuries and internal bleeding.

Times staff writer Veronica Rocha contributed to this report.

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