The family of a Brazilian teen-ager killed in Washington by a drunken-driving diplomat from the Republic of Georgia filed suits for $15 million in damages Wednesday, lawyers for the family said.
The family of Joviane Waltrick, 16, wants the money from six defendants including driver Gueorgui Makharadze, the Republic of Georgia, Ford Motor Co. and the Greek restaurant where Makharadze had been drinking. Lawyers said they were confident that Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, a former Soviet ambassador to the United States, would accept a share of the responsibility for the girl's death on behalf of his country.
Viviane Wagner, Joviane's mother, has been campaigning for tougher procedures to regulate driving by diplomats. She says the U.S. authorities should have revoked Makharadze's license months before the accident, which took place in downtown Washington in January.