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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – On March 22nd, tragedy struck the Bresette family, from Overland Park while at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth Airport.
Luke Bresette, 10, died after a newly installed flight information board fell on him. Family members were also hurt.
“It’s a very difficult time, which is why in our release they communicated to the community in Birmingham their gratitude for the outpouring love and support that the family has received,” said Tim Dollar, family attorney.
The family’s attorney traveled to Birmingham Tuesday after the family filed a wrongful death suit.
“It’s a lengthy complaint in which allegations have been made against various contractors involved in the installation of the electronic board that fell on the family.”
Nine companies are listed in the suit from those that designed and assembled the display units, to those that installed them.
The family claims modifications were made to the units and that contractors KPS and Khafra Engineering Consultants replaced plywood with medium-density fiberboard, making them heavier.
They say the size of the unit’s base was reduced, making them less stable.
The Bresettes claim all contractors should have known the units were too top heavy to be free standing, which added to their instability.
The suit also says the contractors knew the units were unstable but came up with no solution. The Bresettes are demanding a jury trial.
“The family and we really respect the civil justice system and every party in this case deserves a fair trial.”
The family is seeking undisclosed monetary damages.
Several contractors listed on the lawsuit were called but none responded.