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The family of a teen who was hit and killed by a NJ Transit train in 2015 has filed a new civil lawsuit in an attempt to reopen the investigation into her death.
Tiffany Valiante, 18, of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, died after having been hit by a NJ Transit train traveling 80mph on July 12, 2015. After an investigation, her death was ruled a suicide — stating that she purposely stepped in front of the oncoming train.
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Valiante's parents, Stephen and Dianne Valiante, however, believe that she wasn't suicidal and say that she was hit by the train while she was trying to escape from kidnappers, reports Press of Atlantic City.
The civil suit was filed on July 10 in the Atlantic County Superior Court, just days before the two-year statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit expired.
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Although no defendants were named — except as multiple 'Does' — the complaint stated that Valiante was 'the victim of a conspiracy to inflict bodily harm' and noted that she was 'violently abducted' and 'subsequently murdered by the defendants while attempting to flee her imprisonment.'
Besides kidnap and murder, the lawsuit alleges destruction of evidence.
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Valiantes parents state in their complaint that the New Jersey's State Medical Examiner's Office's exam was 'significantly flawed' when it reached the suicide conclusion six days after her death.
According to the suit, the authorities failed to check into Valiante's mental state, do any DNA testing on either her clothes or her body or perform a rape kit exam.
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Her family also questioned about the fact that, based on bloodhound results, investigators said that Valiante took a four-mile circular route prior to stepping in front of the oncoming train.
The Valiante's attorney, Paul D'Amato told the Press of Atlantic City that the reason for the...
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