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Parents of Girl Killed in Crash Sue Nightclub

May 17, 2000

VENTURA COUNTY — The parents of a teenager killed in a high-speed crash last month have sued an Oxnard nightclub, alleging that club owners sold their 15-year-old daughter and her friend liquor before the accident.

In the wrongful-death suit, Alfonso and Beatrice Elizarraras of Oxnard say club owners knowingly allowed their underage daughter, Sophia, and her 18-year-old friend, Patricia Castro, into the bar on April 6 and served them alcohol.

Castro later lost control while driving more than 115 mph on the Ventura Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. The car overturned, hitting a metal light pole and several trees.

Both girls died of head and chest injuries, and authorities said neither was wearing a seat belt.

The lawsuit by Sophia's parents in Ventura County Superior Court alleges that the crash occurred as a "direct result" of negligence by owners of Wagon Wheel Road.

No one from the club could be reached for comment Tuesday.

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