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Family of woman killed in crash sues car-sharing company

Irina Reinoso killed in Car2Go crash last year

Irina Reinosos family says the car rental company should have done more to prevent the deadly wreck.
Irina Reinosos family says the car rental company should have done more to prevent the deadly wreck.

MIAMI – The family of a young woman who was killed in a crash involving a rental from Car2Go is suing the company, claiming it should have done more to prevent the deadly wreck.

The deadly crash in a Smart car last year took the life of passenger Irina Reinoso. Now her father wants to hold the car-sharing company responsible, along with the driver.

The young women, both in their early 20s, were reportedly intoxicated at the time of the crash. Running a red light, the driver broad-sided a pickup truck and Reinoso died at the scene.

In its defense, Car2Go said the passenger wasn't wearing her seat belt and the accident was caused by a third person, but Reinoso's father, Ricardo Martinez, said Car2Go should have had Breathalyzer ignitions set up in the vehicles.

"There's no reason that drunk drivers should be taking out their vehicles," Martinez said. "It doesn't really cost much to have a Breathalyzer in those vehicles and if you're going to market to young people, if you're going to have them in these areas at these hours of the night, there really needs to be a Breathalyzer, as well as other systems in place to make sure this doesn't happen again."

As a member, using Car2go is as easy as locating a vehicle and hopping in. But the Car2Go drivers must be members. They sign mandates stating they have not used drugs, imbibed alcohol or taken any medicine that could impair driving.

And applicants are rejected if their driving records have any violations, points or suspensions. 

The criminal trial for the driver is set for December. The civil case is still pending.

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