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Negligence Suit Filed Against Farm For Death Of Pregnant Teenaged Worker

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A lawsuit has been filed against Merced Farm Labor, Maria Colunga and West Coast Grape Farming Inc. in the Superior Court of Merced, California for the wrongful death of Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez.


The suit, filed on behalf of Jimenez’s mother, Jovita Margarita Jimenez Bautista, alleges wrongful death, general negligence, and premises liability.


On May 14, 17-year-old Jimenez collapsed while working in a vineyard owned by West Coast Grape Farming outside of Stockton, California as an employee of Merced Farm Labor.


Jimenez, who was two months pregnant, had been working for nine hours in temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees inside the vineyard. According to doctors, when she received transport to a hospital nearly two hours later, her body temperature was 108.4 degrees.


Jimenez died two days later of what an autopsy revealed to be as heat stroke.

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