Mother sues private university in Florida for & # 39; promotion of drug and beverage culture & # 39; after her daughter died falling from a ladder while climbing to a theater roof to watch the sunrise before graduating
- Rebecca Lavin-Burgher died in May 2018 after a fall at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, near Tampa, Florida
- The 22-year-old mother who suffered a fatal fall before graduating from a university in Florida is suing private school for her death
- She tried to access the roof to watch the sunrise, but fell 40 feet from a ladder
- Her mother Elaine sues the college and claims that it has promoted a party culture
The mother of a student who suffered a fatal fall before graduating from a university in Florida is suing private school for her death.
Rebecca Lavin-Burgher died five days after she fell down a ladder in May 2018, trying to find her way to the roof of the Bininger Theater at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, near Tampa, Florida.
A lawsuit filed on October 24 says Lavin-Burgher and her sister and friends have arrived at the theater to watch the sunrise with others around 4.45 am on Graduation Day.
She was at the top of the ladder, but fell about 40 feet to the concrete floor.
Her mother Elaine Marie Burgher claims that the school was responsible for the death of her daughter because they facilitated a party culture there.
She claims that Eckerd College & # 39; has created a culture of drinking and drugs & # 39; by allowing students to drink alcohol and use drugs, including those under age, which happened on and off campus.
Rebecca Lavin-Burgher, (photo), died five days in May 2018 after falling off a ladder in the Bininger Theater of Eckerd College. Her mother sues the school for claiming to promote a culture of drinking and drug use among students
Rebecca Lavin-Burgher died five days after falling 40 feet on the floor from a ladder in the Bininger theater in Eckerd, (photo)
Rebecca was due to graduate and tried to go up the roof to see the sunrise, a tradition for Eckerd students, the court case obtained by Tampa Bay Times states.
The lawsuit states that officials there should have known & # 39; that after taking alcohol and / or drugs, students had regular access to the roofs of the buildings on campus & # 39;
& # 39; The party atmosphere encouraged and supported by Eckerd College is known by students and the general public & # 39 ;, according to the submission.
Lawyers for her mother claim that the theater doors should have been locked, but students had & # 39; unobstructed access & # 39; to an unauthorized area.
It is also claimed that the ladder she had reached, & # 39; unreasonably dangerous & # 39; used to be.
It is not known whether Lavin-Burgher had swallowed alcohol at the time of her death because no autopsy had been performed on her body, the outlet reported.
It is not known if Lavin-Burgher had taken alcohol at the time of her death because no autopsy had been performed on her body, Tampa Bay Times reported
Lawyers for her mother claim that the theater doors should have been locked but that students & # 39; free access & # 39; to an unauthorized area
A report showed that she had a bone trauma and died in the hospital five days after the incident.
A spokesperson for the Eckerd College acknowledged that it had received the lawsuit. In an email to Tampa Bay Times, it added: & # 39; We have received the lawsuit and read the claims of the lawyers for the estate of Rebecca Lavin-Burgher on behalf of her grieving family.
& # 39; Although there are many factual errors in the submission, we will respond in due course during the legal proceedings. & # 39;
Lawyers for her mother that the college facilitated resources with which students could drink and swallow other medicines.
The private school allowed dorms on campus, and added that management knew or should have known that the widespread use of excessive alcohol and drugs was present. & # 39;
According to Tampa Bay Times, the school advised students to have a conversation with professors about a beer & # 39 ;. The school also served beer at parties it had organized, the court case states.
The lawsuit also claims that Eckerd finished fourth in a competition called & # 39; Reefer Madness & # 39; which refers to students who take marijuana. The submission also claimed that Eckerd in 2011 was the & # 39; America & # 39; s 12th Druggiest College & # 39; was named.
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