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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist sued for manslaughter in traffic accident

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist sued for manslaughter in traffic accident

Josh Klinghoffer, former guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and negligence after allegedly hitting and killing a pedestrian.

Reports in both diversity And TMZThe incident occurred in Alhambra, California and the lawsuit was filed by the family of Israel Sanchez, the 47-year-old victim.

The incident occurred on March 18, and the lawsuit alleges Klinghoffer was talking on the phone while driving an SUV.

It goes on to say that as Klinghoffer turned left, Sanchez crossed the street on foot at a marked crossing. Sanchez was struck by the car and later died of his injuries.

In a statement shared to pitchforkKlinghoffer’s attorney Andrew B. Brettler said: “This was a tragic accident. After the car struck the pedestrian, Josh immediately pulled over, stopped the vehicle, called 911 and waited for police and ambulances to arrive. He is cooperating fully with traffic investigators.”

The Sanchez family’s lawyer, Nick Rowley, claimed diversity that they “have a video of him on his cell phone from the time he hit and killed Israel Sanchez.”

He continued: “Israel Sanchez was on his way to the grocery store to make soup for his family and never returned home. He did everything right, watching for oncoming traffic and obeying pedestrian signs, but tragically, Mr. Klinghoffer, who was in a hurry and talking on his phone, fatally struck him from behind with a large SUV. The loss and grief the Sanchez family must now endure is immense. We will not stop until Mr. Sanchez and his family are held accountable and receive justice.”

Klinghoffer played guitar with the Red Hot Chili Peppers from 2009 to 2019, and in 2020 it was announced that he would be leaving the Chilis after 10 years. He later said that there were no hard feelings between him and the band.

He was later replaced by longtime member John Frusciante.

Since leaving the band, Klinghoffer has performed as a touring member of Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction.

NME has reached out to Klinghoffer representatives for comment.