Cambria smoke shop sued over fatal crash
March 9, 2015
The mother of a toddler killed in a recent car crash is suing a Cambria smoke shop over the synthetic drug spice that it allegedly sold to the driver of the vehicle. [Tribune]
On Oct. 25, Tanner Noah Mengore crashed his SUV on Highway 1 in Cayucos, killing a 22-month-old and a 17-year-old and sending two adults to the hospital with major injuries. Mengore was allegedly addicted to spice, and CHP investigators said he used the drug prior to the collision.
On Friday, attorney Don Ernst filed a lawsuit on behalf Stacey Brito, the mother of Mason Simmonds Brito. Mason Brito, the toddler killed in the crash, was Mengore’s nephew.
The lawsuit names Paradise Smoke Shop, Mengore and two others. It states that the smoke shop owners sold spice and were fully aware of the dangers associated with the drug.
However, the smoke shop manager told the Tribune in October that her store does not sell spice. She also said that Mengore had never come to the business.
Mengore has pleaded not guilty to three charges in criminal court. He faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury and child abuse.
The lawsuit seeks punitive damages.