Patricia Jordan of Maryland was hit in an auto-pedestrian accident across from Terminal 2 at the Salt Lake City International Airport on July 22, 2008, while in town for a seminar. Now, her husband has hired a Utah personal injury attorney and has filed a wrongful death suit against the negligent driver and the Salt Lake City International Airport, reports the Deseret News. The lawsuit contends that airport officials ignored an airport employee who had previously warned them of the dangers to pedestrians crossing to the car rental area, which is where Jordan was struck and killed by driver Evelini Kinikini.
According to the story, airport employee Ian Shepherd had sent a letter after the fatal pedestrian accident to airport officials and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker claiming that they had ignored his prior warnings regarding pedestrian safety. Shepherd claimed that they had been warned just six days before this pedestrian accident happened. The wrongful death action asked for damages of at least $500,000 and attorney fees.
If government officials have notice of a dangerous condition, they are required to act on it to remedy the situation and at a minimum, warn others of the hazard. In this case, it sounds like they were adequately warned. The question is whether the complained-of risk should have been seen as sufficiently dangerous to protect against and/or warn the public about. As a Utah wrongful death attorney, I’ll continue to follow this interesting case as it progresses.