Matt Morgan, an Orlando attorney representing Hepburn, said lawsuits stemming from the collapse could result in up to $1 billion in damages to victims and their relatives.
Marquise Rashaad Hepburn filed the lawsuit on Monday in Miami-Dade County Civil Court, alleging negligence and defective construction of the bridge at Florida International University, which crumbled Thursday, killing six people and injuring nine more. "We have a sense of urgency of getting to the bottom of this accident", FIU president Mark Rosenberg said.
Among those killed in the bridge collapse were 18-year-old FIU student Alexa Duran, as well as Rolando Fraga (60 years old), Oswald Gonzalez (57 years old), Alberto Arias (53 years old), Navaro Brown (37 years old), and Brandon Brownfield, whose age has not been shared at this time.
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The wind will gust up to 40 miles per hour , with the strongest winds along the east coast of MA , according to forecasters. The snow's weight will likely mean more trees and power lines falling, causing outages throughout the area, Simpson said.
Hepburn, "like many other unsuspecting victims, was simply performing ordinary activities and like many other victims of this horrific event was simply passing under the bridge without warning of increased danger", the lawsuit reads.
Another dispute resulted in a $143,000 judgment against MCM over an "arguable collapse" at a Miami-Dade bridge project. Just two days before Thursday's horrific collapse, one of the lead engineers for the project left a voice mail with Florida's department of transportation: "Some cracking that's been observed on the north end of the span..."
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board remained on the scene, inspecting the rubble, interviewing people, poring over documents and gathering evidence. But he said more testing needs to be done by the NTSB. The voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, however.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said the tightening of the bridge's inner cables could have contributed to the collapse. "If there's a crack in the bridge. why is the motoring public still able to travel under the bridge?" he said.
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Davis played National Basketball Association with the Celtics, Magic and Clippers and at LSU in college. Davis' lawyer told Kuebler that Davis "maintains his innocence" and looks forward to his day in court.
A crane is seen near a newly installed pedestrian bridge, that collapsed, over a six-lane highway in Miami, March 15, 2018. "That's a fundamental question that needs to be answered in this case", Morgan said during a news conference today.
The pedestrian bridge, designed by FIGG Engineering-Bridge Group and built by MCM Construction, was created to straddle 8th Street and connect the campus to the nearby Sweetwater neighborhood, where thousands of students live.
Representatives for Munilla and FIGG could be not immediately be reached for comment. We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why.
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Johnson called the accusation "satirical", adding it was "not the response of a country that really believes itself it to be innocent".