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Lawsuit over Milwaukee partking-ramp concrete death


MIWLAUKEE (WSAU) Relatives of a boy killed when a concrete panel fell at a downtown Milwaukee parking ramp have filed injury claims against the city-and-the-county. It’s the first step toward potential lawsuits in the June 24th death of 15-year-old Jared Kellner of Greenfield. He died when a decorative panel fell from the second floor of the O’Donnell Park ramp. His friend Eric Wosinski broke a leg, and Eric’s mother was amputated below her knees.

The county owns the parking structure, and attorney Allan Foeckler says the city is a defendant because its inspectors were reportedly involved in the construction process. Foeckler, who represents the Kellner family, said he also wants to know if deferred maintenance by the county helped cause the panel to collapse. The city has not commented.

County Executive Scott Walker said he expected the legal action. Kellner’s mother Dawn recently called for an independent investigation of the mishap, saying she wants to know the truth of how her son died. Walker says he, too, would like an independent probe. He says it would help the county, as it considers a potential lawsuit against the contractor who put in the panels. After the incident, engineers found that almost all of the 70 panels on the structure were installed improperly – and a third of the panels were at risk of falling.