WACO (March 13, 2014) Baylor University and several construction companies involved in the construction of the new McLane stadium are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was killed while working on the project.
An autopsy in the case shows Jose Dario Suarez, 55, of Manor, accidental drowned on Jan. 28 when the equipment he was working on fell into the Brazos River and he was unable to break free of the safety harness he was wearing.
Another man who was working alongside Suarez survived the accident after he was able to free himself.
A Houston lawyer representing the Suarez family on March 6 filed a petition in a state district court in Harris county seeking "in excess of $1,000,000 in this matter," the original wrongful death lawsuit petition says.
Baylor, along with Austin Commercial, Inc., Austin Bridge and Roadf, LP, Austin Bridge and Road, Inc., all based in Austin, and Derr & Isbell Construction, LLC, of Euless, Genie Industries, of Austin and Flexifloat Construction Systems, of Houston, all are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
The petition says Suarez's death is the defendants' responsibility because they "were negligent and grossly negligent, which was the proximate cause of the incident."
Suarez and the other worker, whose name hasn't been released, worked for a subcontractor, Derr and Isbell Construction.
The pedestrian bridge across the river is part of a package of infrastructure improvements for which the Waco City Council agreed to contribute $35 million, the largest economic contribution in McLennan County's history.
The 45,000-seat stadium, scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2014 season, is under construction on a 93-acre site just off Interstate 35 along the river.
Ground was broken for the stadium in September 2013.