A May 2003 Letter from Ron and Adell Guzman of Stockton, CA




Beautiful Desiree Guzman was just 14.

Desiree was killed in a police pursuit through a school zone.
The pursuit occurred at the end of the school day, right as
hundreds of students were leaving the school to go home.





Dear Mrs. Priano,

... As you can probably relate, trying to cope with this kind of tragedy is extremely difficult. Though Desiree's "accident" happened more than two years ago, we still find her story uneasy to talk about. Even calling it an "accident" evokes a negative reaction of the way she died (i.e. police pursuit).

In the course of our wrongful death lawsuit against the Stockton Unified School District Police, we learned about police pursuits and the associated immunity that applies to law enforcement. It was a very unpleasant learning experience, even more so when the judge threw out our case. What appeared initially like a very challengeable case of negligence only produced a decision based on "immunity." As far as we were concerned, the judge's decision added insult to injury.

An appeal is an option we are considering. Unfortunately, the high expense of retaining an appellate attorney is unavoidable. However, raising money through fundraising events is an alternative that may be feasible to us. Either way, we face an uphill battle.

As our case weaves its way through the system, we'll keep you up to date on any new, significant developments. No matter what the outcome, we will absolutely continue to refer to Kristie's Bill and the important issues it address. In support,

Ron and Adell Guzman


Click here to see a TRIBUTE TO DESIREE

Candy Priano's comment:
On September 17, 2003, I had the privilege of meeting Desiree's family. I will never forget and will always remember the lost look in Ron Guzman's eyes. Ron and his family's pain was so evident because again, a high-speed chase in school zone should never be acceptable and the pursuit created more danger to the public than the actions of the person who was being pursued. Four innocent people were killed in this chase and it never received national attention from the media!

I learned that Desiree, who was just 14, was best friends with Ashley Martinez, who was also killed in this violent crash. Both girls were good students with dreams of going to college. Ashley's mother, Bernice was picking up the girls from school. Also in the car was Ashley's older sister, Christina. More on Bernice, Christina and Ashley, CLICK HERE FOR THEIR STORY.