Ksenia Rozen Sues Los Angeles County Over Death by Firetruck of Newlywed Husband

Ksenia Rozen and the late Eric Stein at their wedding that was six months before his death.
Ksenia Rozen and the late Eric Stein at their wedding that was six months before his death.

A San Clemente woman and her mother-in-law are suing the County of Los Angeles and a fireman over the death of the plaintiffs' newlywed husband/son, who died in a collision with a firetruck.

Eric Stein, 36, of San Clemente, was driving with his wife of six months, Ksenia Rozen, to a wedding rehearsal dinner for his brother around 5 p.m. July 31, when he made a left turn along Mulholland Highway in Agoura Hills and collided with a firetruck carrying 13 female inmates from a Malibu fire camp.

The suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Rozen and Stein's mother, Karen Kirn, alleges the LA County Fire Department firetruck was being driven too fast by Michael Aplanalp.

The firetruck driver, who is a defendant along with the county, is also accused of "unsafely passing on the left on a two-lane highway'' before the collision.

Rozen, who witnessed the death of her husband, continues to suffer from emotional distress, according to the complaint. Her suit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges wrongful death and negligence.

The county has not yet responded to the suit that was filed Friday. The fire department did issue a statement after the incident expressing deep sadness over Stein's death. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time," the agency stated.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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