The parents of a motorist killed after a tree fell on her car have sued the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, and the tree maintenance contractor.
Haeyoon Miller's mother and father filed separate lawsuits within the past week alleging that the two cities and West Coast Arborists were at fault regarding the Irvine Avenue median and its trees.
Aside from medical and burial expenses, they are suing for unspecified damages.
Miller, a 29-year-old Tustin resident, was waiting for a red light on Irvine Avenue at 17th Street, near the Newport-Costa Mesa border, in September when a blue gum eucalyptus fell and crushed her small sedan. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The parents' lawsuits also claim that the emergency responders caused greater injury when they tried to remove the 10-ton tree off Miller's car.
In March, the parents filed wrongful-death claims against the cities, but the cities rejected the claims. Their lawsuits are the next step in the legal process.