On Tuesday, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed in San Mateo County Superior Count, over a drowning incident which occurred last year at a San Francisco International Airport parking lot.
The accident took the life of 63-year-old Jean Arbelbide. According to the lawsuit, Arbelbide was spraying weed killer in a parking lot for SFO when he fell through rotten plywood and into a water filled pit.
His family searched for and discovered Arbelbide's body in a nine-foot-deep, water-filled hole, after he went to work and never came home.
Police revealed that he was still wearing the 30-40 pounds worth of spraying equipment on his back when he was found.
The family is claiming that South San Francisco, which owns the property and is in charge of the employees who run the parking lot, did not warn or protect individuals from this danger.
South San Francisco City Attorney Steve Mattas said that Arbelbide's death was a tragic accident, but that the city was not responsible, stating that the tenant's of the are the ones liable under the terms of the lease for the property's mainenance, and that Robert E. Simms is the one who operates the lot.
As an Arizona wrongful death lawyer, it is always upsetting to see such a tragic story as this, knowing the emotional pain that the family of the victim will surely feel.
In this case, one of the main questions is who will be held responsible for the upkeep of the property, if anyone.
Our Phoenix wrongful death law firm offers our thoughts and prayers to the family members of the victim, and we will keep you updated with any relevant information in this case.