Trial for worker killed at Baylor stadium set to happen in Harris County

POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 1:19pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 1:21pm

A Houston judge has ruled the litigation for the lawsuit, filed by the family of a construction worker killed earlier this year while working on the new Baylor McLane Stadium, will take place in Harris County.

In January, 55-year-old Jose Suarez drowned in the Brazos River after falling off of a piece of equipment at the pedestrian bridge construction site. Suarez and another worker were reportedly working on a lift attached to a deck at the construction site of the new Baylor stadium. Somehow, the lift detached and both men fell into the Brazos River. The other victim managed to get his harness off and swim to safety. Suarez's body was located hours later.

Attorneys involved in the case filed a motion to move the case to McLennan County, but that motion has been denied. Suarez's family has filed a lawsuit against Baylor University and the construction companies, Derr and Isbell Construction and Flintco. Back in February, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the defendants to allow Suarez's family's attorney time to preserve  evidence.


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