Family sues city, Caltrain in train fatality


The family of Jahyun Jennifer Koo, who was killed when a train struck her car Feb. 23 at the Ravenswood Avenue rail crossing in Menlo Park, filed a lawsuit Nov. 19 against several agencies, including the city of Menlo Park and Caltrain.

Ms. Koo, a 35-year-old resident of Palo Alto, was driving a silver Acura SUV westbound on Ravenswood Avenue when she apparently became stuck on the tracks after the crossing arms came down, fire officials said. A southbound train struck the SUV, sending it flying 40 feet, they said. The train was likely traveling about 50 mph, Caltrain officials said.

In the suit, her husband, Byung Joon Jeon, claims that Caltrain, the city of Menl0 Park and San Mateo County knew conditions there were dangerous and did not create sufficient warnings or communication to prevent vehicles from becoming stopped on the train tracks.

He seeks compensation for medical and funeral expenses and for the loss of a wife and mother of a daughter, who was 1 year old at the time of her death. He is represented by Casey Kaufman with the Brandi Law Firm in San Francisco.

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