NEW KENSINGTON, Pa.
-- The parents of a Valley High School student who died in a January 2009 crash have filed a lawsuit claiming the school district is partly responsible for their son's death.
According the Channel 4 Action News' news exchange partners at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Scott and Brenda Grau, of New Kensington, filed a federal lawsuit asking for unspecified damages for the district's alleged failure to prevent their 17-year-old son from leaving school early.
Colin Grau was killed when the car he was in collided with a pickup truck on Route 56 at Memorial Park near New Kensington in Westmoreland County.
Grau was a senior at Valley High School.
The driver of the car, Nicholas Masi, 18, and the driver of the truck, Paul Luzik, 41, were injured in the crash.
Classmates told Channel 4 Action News at the time of the crash that Grau and Masi left school early because their last class of the day was a study hall.
Grau's parents argue that school officials' failure to enforce a "closed campus" policy resulted in their son's death and that officials should have prevented Grau and Masi from leaving school early, the Trib reported.
According to the lawsuit, the school's policy prohibits students from leaving school early without permission and calls for their suspension for violating the rule.