Two days after the last victim’s body was removed from a collapsed bridge near Florida International University, the first civil lawsuit stemming from the tragedy has been filed — and it claims reckless negligence on the part of the companies who oversaw the bridge’s design and construction.
Marquise Rashaad Hepburn, a 24-year-old resident of Miami-Dade County, was “seriously injured” on his way to work as he rode his bicycle underneath the pedestrian bridge spanning Southwest Eighth Street near the West Miami-Dade campus of Florida International University, according to a formal complaint filed Monday morning in Miami-Dade circuit court.
Following a stress-test of the bridge, which had sustained cracking days before, the massive, 174-foot concrete slab came crashing down just before 2 p.m. on Thursday. The eight-lane segment of the Tamiami Trail below remained open during the testing.
The driver of a car trying to avoid falling concrete swerved into Hepburn on the southern end of the span. Hepburn survived the crash and the collapse, but was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.
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