A Missouri family is in court once again after their daughter’s death in 2003 while climbing a rock wall. Christine Ewing, 22, was climbing a wall at a Mid-Missouri Mavericks minor league baseball game in Columbia, MO when a safety cable broke. Ewing fell 20 feet onto asphalt. Police later discovered that the cable was not only rusty, but was frayed and held together with duck tape.
The owner of the wall, Marcus Floyd, was tried for involuntary manslaughter after the incident but ended up pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault. Ewing’s parents sued Floyd in 2004 in a wrongful death suit that resulted in a $700,000 award. However, now the Ewings claim that the Mid-Missouri Mavericks hold some liability for letting Floyd allow the cord to fall into disrepair.
In 2005, another judge held a hearing that found the Maverick’s organization responsible for Ewing’s death. At the time of the hearing, the judge ruled that the team’s insurance companies owed $4.58 million in damages. Currently, the case has been re-opened to debate the amount owed by the team. While no verdict has been reached, the court is expected to come to a conclusion within the next 90 days.
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