29-year-old Kisten Smith died and several others were injured after a crane collapsed on an Elan City Lights apartment building in June 2019.
DALLAS — Jury awards plaintiffs $860 million in trial against development company fatal crane collapse At a Dallas apartment complex in June 2019.
The family of the late Kirsten Smith and other victims injured in the breakup were awarded monetary amounts by a jury on Wednesday.
A jury found developer Greyster, who was renting the crane at the time, to be at fault.
The incident occurred in June 2019 at the Elan City Lights apartment complex in the suburbs of Deep Ellum and downtown Dallas. bad weather It brought wind speeds as high as 70 mph.
The collapse killed 29-year-old Smith and took five others to hospital. The incident left the apartment uninhabitable and the residents uninhabitable. recapture their units.
During the trial, lawyers representing the plaintiffs argued that the crane collapsed because its developers kept the construction equipment stationary during high winds, and were unable to “wind vane” and withstand the gusts. pointed to the fact that other cranes at construction sites in the city were able to withstand these winds as evidence that the crane collapse at Elan City Lights was avoidable.
Smith’s family testified during the trial. The family’s attorneys are demanding zero dollars for her pain and suffering, symbolizing that her daughter was not suffering when she died. Dallas County Autopsy Officials determined that she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
The Smith family was awarded $50,012,006 in emotional distress damages. That number is a reference to Room 12006 — the number of Smith’s apartment in Elan City Lights.
The Smith family did not attend Wednesday’s sentencing.
“This is a tough day for us [Smith’s mother]an attorney for the Smith family said after the ruling.Hopefully this verdict will bring her some peace so she can get to know her [daughter’s] life was important. ”
In a press release sent after the verdict was announced, the attorney added: It sends the message that big corporations can’t afford to mess with people’s lives. ”
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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