Family sues over deadly crane accident in Palm Beach

Claims driver of equipment was impaired at time of incident

Jun.June 25, 2014 03:00 PM

A crane operator and its owner are being take to court, following an accident that resulted in the death of a West Palm Beach man.

Colleen Brennan, the daughter of James Brennan Jr., the man who was killed, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Beyel Brothers, Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging South Florida, and driver Christopher Geroda of Royal Palm Beach, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

James Brennan, 68, was struck and killed by a 52-ton crane as he crossed Royal Palm Way and South County Road on March 4.

Now his daughter is suing for loss of support and services, the value of future loss of support and service from the date of her father’s death, the loss of parental companionship, mental pain and suffering, as well as damages on behalf of her son.

The family is also seeking compensation for the loss of the prospective net accumulations of the estate, as well medical and funeral expenses.

The crane driver, Geroda, had THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, in his system. But it was not a significant amount and there was no evidence that he was impaired, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.

However, the lawsuit claims Geroda was negligent and operated the crane while he was high. [PBDN] Christopher Cameron

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