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Family of Man Killed by Expo Train in Santa Monica Sues Metro
By Lookout Staff
September 9, 2019 -- The heirs of a man killed this year when he was struck by an Expo train in Santa Monica filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Metro last week.
The suit was filed in Superior Court on Thursday by the three surviving heirs of Ronnie Solomon, 65, who was dragged from the platform by a departing train at the Colorado and 17th Street Station on January 15.
The lawsuit "alleges wrongful death, premises liability and negligent hiring, supervision and retention," the City News Service reported.
It claims that Solomon fell on the tracks between the train he was trying to board and another train, according to the report.
The conductor failed to see him and left the station, dragging and killing him, the suit said.
The suit claims the conductor was "negligently trained and failed to make sure all people were clear of the tracks before the train departed," according to the News Service report.
It also alleges Solomon was not given adequate medical treatment.
The incident marked the first pedestrian fatality in Santa Monica since 2017, when eight pedestrians were killed, including one struck by a Metro train.
That year's Expo train fatality also took place near the Colorado and 17th Street Station when a pedestrian was struck by a departing train.
According to police, the conductor didn't know he had hit anyone until he reached the Downtown station and was notified by the conductor of the next incoming train.
The suit Thursday was filed on behalf of Deonta Tyree Solomon, Jeris Venwalas King and Esther Valery Person, but does not state their relationship to the victim, according to City News.
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