The family of the student-athlete died during an elevator malfunction while he was in a student apartment complex has hired an lawyer according to Fox Sports Radio. JauMarcus McFarland, a football player at Champion Prep Academy was crushed when officials said a elevator malfunctioned in Atlanta, GA. Attorney Shean Williams says the legal team will conduct their own independent investigation the tragic incident.
Since the story has made national headlines, the family has asked for privacy while they grieve the devastating loss of their son. Inspectors with the State Insurance Commissioner’s office were at the elevator to determine why it failed.
A spokesman issued a written statement saying:
“We can confirm that the operating permit for the elevators at this location expired in August of 2020. Inspections are required by state law to be done on an annual basis and it is the building owner’s responsibility to request this yearly inspection from our office. We do not have a record of any such request from this building.”
A statement from Nathan Phillips, Property Manager at 444 Highland Avenue, says the elevator had passed an inspection in August 2019 and wasn’t due for inspection until 2024.
Fire crews responded to the 444 Suites Student Housing on Highland Avenue in Northeast Atlanta ater the elevator collapsed and pinned the victim between the second and third floors. Medics transported him to Atlanta Medical Center where the 18-year-old died from his injuries.
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