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Mother Files Lawsuit after Deadly Accident in Wayne High School Parking Lot

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A lawsuit has been filed by the mother of Wayne High School teenager, who died last fall in a car accident.

16-year-old Mellannie Bishop died last fall after she fell from a moving vehicle in the school's parking lot.

According to the Journal Gazette, A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Allen Superior Court by Stephanie Hartman, who is Mellannie's mother. She's suing the driver of the vehicle, Jorge Renteria and his mother Elizabeth, along with Fort Wayne Community Schools, and State Farm, which insured the vehicle.

Court documents say Renteria began driving around in the parking lot with Bishop, reaching speeds between 20 to 30 mph. Bishop fell from the SUV and hit her head on the ground. She died eight days later due to severe bruising and bleeding to her brain.

The lawsuit claims the incident took place over an unreasonable amount of time, despite protests from the passengers on the exterior of the vehicle. It also claims the district failed to supervise the incident, and Renteria's mother should be liable for damages caused by her son.

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