A tour guide’s sister has asked a court to shut down a California wine tour company after her daughter died in a crash, CBS News has learned.
“This was my baby,” Jessica Diamant told a judge in her sister’s case.
“I will never forgive myself.”
The family says they are suing the company and the California Wine Tour Association, saying the tour operators have failed to provide the proper training and have failed in their duty to make sure people safety are not compromised.
They filed a federal civil rights lawsuit last week against the California tour operators, alleging they have a duty to ensure that their people safety is not compromised in any way.
The lawsuit also claims that tour operators failed to take appropriate safety measures.
California Wine Tour, which operates a five-day wine tasting in Temecula, Calif., and has a California Tour of California license, said in a statement that the family has a “lack of confidence in their company and have reached out to the Attorney General’s office to discuss the matter.”
The tour operator, called The Wine Experience, declined to comment.
A tour operator’s spokesperson said the company has a zero-tolerance policy for unsafe behavior on any tour and encourages the tour operator to provide a proper training program.
A spokeswoman for the Wine Experience said the family is not being represented by a lawyer.
The Wine Experience also said in the statement: “This has been an unfortunate situation and we are very sorry that the loss of this wonderful human has impacted the tour’s ability to provide tours to the community.
We have a zero tolerance policy for any and all unsafe behavior in our tours and are committed to providing an excellent and safe experience for our guests.”
The Wine Experiences California Tour is based in Temesant, about 35 miles northeast of San Francisco.
The Wine Experites Wine Tour was founded in 2002.
The tour company’s California Tour License was issued in 2002 and has been renewed three times.
The family has asked the judge to order the California Tour Association to close the company.
The California Wine Tours Association said it has been in discussions with the family.
The organization’s general manager, James Gaskins, said the agency has received numerous complaints from the family and is in the process of reviewing its policies and procedures.
He said the group has been providing a number of safety training programs, including a video-based safety course, for nearly five years.
Gaskins said the tour company has had several accidents in the past, including in 2006, when a passenger was injured in a helicopter crash.
Gawkins said the California Tours Association has been aware of the accident for a while and has made a number on safety and has taken appropriate action.
He said the association is also reviewing its business practices and procedures to ensure they comply with federal and state laws.