SANTA CRUZ (KCBS) – The family of a Santa Cruz man killed in a big rig crash on Highway 17 in July has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

25-year-old Daniel McGuire was killed in the crash on July 10, when a big rig driver lost control of his vehicle while traveling northbound on Highway 17 near Lexington Reservoir and slammed into 10 vehicles.

McGuire’s family held an emotional news conference on Wednesday to announce the suit.

“Our message to the trucking industry is clear. Immediately find a way to better regulate, supervise and train your drivers or we will take the steps through Congress and our state legislature to force such actions so that needless deaths such as to my brother will never happen again,” said his sister Regina.

Attorney Robert Allard is representing the family.

“This gut-wrenching tragedy would have never happened had the responsible companies taken steps to ensure that an unskilled trucker driving a faulty big rig not be allowed to traverse a complicated, mountainous journey,” Allard said.

The suit, filed in Monterey County, seeks an unspecified sum and names the driver and his company, who have not commented on the lawsuit.

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