The Berry Children Sue Chrysler

The three Berry children of Houston, who gained national attention when a traffic accident left them orphaned and two of them paralyzed, have filed a lawsuit against Chrysler.

The accident last July happened in the family's 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan near Fort Stockton. The suit says all family members were properly buckled into restraining devices which failed to protect them.

"This was a collision at highway speeds," said their attorney, the noted plaintiff's lawyer Richard Mithoff. "But in a properly designed vehicle, such a collision should not result in the complete collapse of the driver and front passenger compartment, and should not result in the seat back and seat belts causing catastrophic injury."

The minivan, he said, lacked an adequately designed front crush-zone and safety cage to protect passengers and the driver.

The suit, which includes illustrations of the Berrys' car and the less-damaged other vehicle in the collision, asks unspecified monetary damages. It's filed in federal court here.

Two of the three children -- Peter, nine, and Aaron, eight -- are paralyzed. Their sister Willa, six, suffered broken bones. Mithoff also noted the children were forced to watch their parents die.

Attorney Joseph Ahmad is representing Sue Perlo, the kids' maternal grandmother and the administrator of her daughter's estate.

The suit:

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