Kolsby Gordon Files Wrongful Death Suit Against SEPTA

April 8, 2013

Kolsby Gordon has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of a young women we allege died as a direct result of negligent security at a SEPTA subway station.

The woman entered the Lombard-South subway station on the Broad Street Line at roughly 2:00 a.m. on August 15, 2012. Despite being customarily closed to visitors after business hours end at 12:30 a.m., SEPTA failed to secure numerous access points, including the station’s entrances and turnstiles.

This young woman sat and waited for a train, all while she appeared on security video footage which should have alerted SEPTA officials to her presence and then triggered an effort to retrieve her—a move that would have saved her life.

Instead, a prolonged period of time passed before she fell onto the train track, where she remained on the track without assistance despite a security camera filming her fall. She was ultimately electrocuted by the “third rail”, a highly-conductive electrical rail that provides power throughout the subway system.

Our clients allege this death was easily preventable. Yet through multiple, egregious acts of apparent negligence, a young woman lost her life.

Kolsby Gordon is working to provide assistance to her family during this deeply devastating time. We also hope, through cases such as these, to increase the penalties for transportation organizations across the country who fail to make safety a priority.