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Victim's Mom Sues in Deadly Desert Race Disaster

12/29/2010 9:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The mother of a man killed when an off-road driver plowed into a crowd of spectators at the California 200 desert race is suing the man behind the wheel -- claiming the tragedy could have been avoided with proper safety measures.

Andrew Therrien

In a lawsuit filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Doris Levinson claims her son Andrew Therrien was watching the race with his 3-year-old daughter back in August when driver Brett Sloppy lost control of his 5,000 pound truck and barreled towards the crowd.

Levinson claims ... as the truck approached Andrew and his daughter, Andrew managed to shove the little girl out of harms way -- but he wasn't so lucky ... and died from the injuries he sustained from impact. Seven other people also died in the crash.

Levinson claims Sloppy and the company behind the race -- MDR Productions -- were negligent, careless and reckless ... because they failed to take proper safety precautions.

Levinson claims Andrew's daughter sustained "severe emotional distress and mental suffering" due to the incident.

Levinson is suing on behalf of her granddaughter and her son's estate -- she's asking for unspecified damages.

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Again, it is nobody's fault except for the spectators. The "thrill seekers" found their last thrill. And because of the very bad decisions made by these people, the entire off-road community has to suffer. I have been going to races and/or the desert for over 20 years. I ask again, why can't people stand up for their own mistakes instead of trying to find someone to blame? Take a step back and look at the situation. All of you people that were in that area that night are all very fortunate to be alive and should count your lucky stars. I hope to meet some of you someday and I know the way that you spectate races in the future will change. And by changing the side of the track or the distance from the track that you spectate is basically telling yourself that where you were for the CA. 200 was not a good idea. That I did not make the best of decisions that night. I have witnessed plenty of crashes in my 20 year span, and I learn from each of them. And whenever I see someone in a potentially dangerous situation at the track, I try and tell that they should find a better location to spectate. Pay it forward.
Again, put your feelings aside and look at the situation. I just can not figure out why people do not see that it was a bad decision.

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