SEATTLE – A jury on Monday awarded more than $100 million to some of the victims of a tower crane collapse that killed four people in Seattle in 2019.
Workers dismantled the 300-foot crane in strong gusts of wind as it fell off the roof of a Google building under construction in the South Lake Union neighborhood.
Two ironworkers fell to their deaths. The crane crushed cars underneath, killing Sarah Pantip Wong, a 19-year-old Seattle Pacific University student, and Alan Justad, a 71-year-old former city worker.
Monday’s jury verdict covered cases brought by the families of Wong and Justad, as well as three other people who were injured or whose vehicles were struck by the crane or debris – including Wong’s girlfriend Brittany Cadena, who was with her in a Uber was heading to a mall and the driver from Uber, Ali Edriss.
The families of the deceased ironworkers, Travis Corbet, 33, and Andrew Yoder, 31, have filed separate lawsuits.
Investigators found that some of the companies involved had cut corners by not checking the crane’s disassembly instructions and prematurely removing large pins that secured portions of the crane’s mast, a practice common in the industry to avoid time save.
The jury said three companies — Omega Morgan, Northwest Tower Crane Service and Morrow Equipment Co. — caused $150 million in damage. However, Morrow was not involved in the trial and does not have to pay as a result of the verdict; Attorneys for the victims said separate claims are being pursued against this company.
Northwest Tower Crane and Omega Morgan were blamed for 75 percent of the damage. The companies did not immediately respond to messages sent out after hours on Monday.
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