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Parents drop suit in girl's Rohnert Park crosswalk death

Every time Ling Murray bends her sore left arm, a metal plate bulges underneath the skin.

And when her husband drives home through the crosswalk where she was gravely injured and their 2-year-old daughter killed more than one year ago, Jeff Murray finds himself honking, powering down the window and yelling for fear another pedestrian will be struck.

There is no end in sight for Ling Murray's physical rehabilitation or the waves of grief over their daughter's death, the Murrays have said.

Girl, 2, Killed In Rohnert Park

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But they've decided to drop a lawsuit against the city of Rohnert Park that alleged the crosswalk was unsafe and contributed to their daughter's death.

And they also have decided not to file a civil lawsuit against the driver, 19-year-old Kaitlyn Dunaway, a Sonoma State University sophomore.

"We have to move on," Jeff Murray said.

The lives of two Rohnert Park families were irreparably altered Dec. 1, 2010 when the 1997 Honda Civic that Dunaway was driving plowed through the crosswalk bridging Snyder Lane at Medical Center Drive.

Ling Murray was holding her daughter's hand as the pair headed home after playing at Sunrise Park.

Dunaway looked down to text message a friend and was in the middle of typing "almost there" when she crashed into Murray and her child, prosecutors said.

Today, Jeff Murray still feels the crosswalk is a hazard on the busy thoroughfare that could lure another family into tragedy.


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