The family of a Hawthorne woman, who was killed when she was hit by a Lamborghini driven by a teenager on her way home from work, have settled with insurance companies for $18.85 million, it has been announced Wednesday, April 27 the lawyers representing the family.
Monique Munoz was killed on February 17, 2021 at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Overland Avenue when her car was hit by the Lamborghini, driven by 17-year-old Brenden Khuri. She was coming home from work at UCLA Health in Los Angeles.
The teenager is the son of millionaire James Khuri, who owns several real estate companies, manufacturing companies and an e-commerce business.
A restitution hearing to determine whether the Khuri family will owe money to Munoz’s family was scheduled for later this year.
“My clients are no longer asking for money, they are not asking for restitution,” said Daniel Ghyzcy, a lawyer representing Munoz’s parents. “They’re leaving it up to the district attorney and the judge to decide how much, if any, for Brenden to personally pay for what happened.”
The settlement announced Wednesday will be paid by five different insurance companies. Ghyzcy said the settlement was reached to prevent the family from reliving the accident for three more years and to send a message to companies, who wanted to pay less than 100% coverage.
A lawyer representing the defendants declined Tuesday to comment on the settlement with the insurance companies.
Munoz, 32, was making a left turn from Olympic Boulevard into Overland Street when the teenager swerved her Lexus while going about 77 to 92 miles per hour and running through a red light, court documents show.
Last year, Brenden Khuri was sentenced to serve seven to nine months in a juvenile camp after admitting a motion charging him with manslaughter while driving a vehicle during an April 23 hearing.
He had previous convictions for travel offenses in October and November 2020, according to court documents, and was driving on a learner’s permit with no adult in the vehicle. One such emotional violation led to an officer confiscating his car.
His parents were added as defendants when it was discovered that James Khuri gifted the car to his son and posted messages on social media about driving at excessive speeds. His mother, Christine, had signed DMV paperwork stating that she would “accept liability for civil damages resulting from the student’s conduct.”
“Today is an important milestone as the Munoz family can finally put an end to this horrific tragedy,” Ghyzcy said in a statement.
City News Service contributed to this report.