Restaurant Tragedy Could Hold Legal Implications - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Restaurant Tragedy Could Hold Legal Implications

NewsChannel 11 is learning more about the woman who died in the roof collapse. 23-year-old Tara Wilson graduated from Texas Tech last August with a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. She worked at the museum at Texas Tech. The Pastor from her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico is in Lubbock making funeral arraignments with Wilson's family. NewsChannel 11 has learned that the funeral for Tara Wilson will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Roswell.

Also, flowers lay in honor of Wilson and the other victims lay with the debris left from the roof collapse. Tara's family came in Tuesday afternoon from Roswell to see with their own eyes, the horrific accident that took their daughters life.

Because someone died in this incident, one lawyer feels this case falls under negligence, and the family could file a lawsuit.

Texas Tech Graduate Killed in Roof Collapse
NewsChannel 11 is learning more about the woman who died in the roof collapse at Little Panda Monday.

But how much of this was actually an accident, or act of nature? That's one question a local attorney says the victim's and their families should be asking. Civil trial lawyer Kevin Glasheen says something had to go wrong with the design, the construction, or the maintenance of the building, and the only way to find out what happened for sure is through a lawsuit. "A lawsuit would have to be filed in order to investigate the case. There's really no way to find out what happened and who is responsible without having the discovery tools available through a lawsuit."

Glasheen says the other victims involved, could also file suit for damage claims for medical bills, disability and mental anguish. So far, we are not aware of any lawsuits that have been filed.

City Launches Investigation After Restaurant Roof Collapses
The City of Lubbock is heading an investigation to determine what caused the roof to cave in at the Little Panda restaurant at 9th and Slide on Monday. The building was constructed in 1977 as a Taco Bell, a handful of old "Taco Bell" buildings just like it, are still occupied in Lubbock. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire tells us how the city plans to make sure it doesn't happen again.

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