UPDATE: Jury assigns blame in Wis. parking panel collapse

UPDATE: A jury has found that manufacturer Advance Cast Stone was mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager.

Credit: WITI

UPDATED Thursday, November 21, 2013 --- 4:24 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A jury has found that manufacturer Advance Cast Stone was mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager.

Jurors also said Thursday that nearly $7 million should be paid to the family of Jared Kellner, the 15-year-old who died.

WTMJ-AM reports the jury assigned 88 percent of the blame to Advance Cast Stone. Construction manager J.H. Findorff & Son was given 10 percent and Milwaukee County 2 percent.

Jurors said $11.4 million should be paid to the Wosinski family. Eric Wosinski broke his leg in the accident, and Eric's mother, Amy Wosinski, had a leg amputated.

The concrete panel fell off O'Donnell Park's parking garage during the summer of 2010. The lawsuit alleged the construction company cut corners while installing the panel.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 15, 2013 --- 6:07 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A jury has been selected for a trial to determine who was at fault when part of a parking garage gave way and killed a teenager in Milwaukee.

Fifteen jurors, including three alternates, were chosen to hear the lawsuit in Milwaukee County.

The Journal Sentinel reports 40 of 70 potential jurors were struck for causes like bias, medical problems or financial hardship.

Families of the 15-year-old who died, Jared Kellner, and two others who were injured in the 2010 accident are suing the firm that installed the panel and Milwaukee County, the owners of the structure.

The county says Advance Cast Stone used a faulty method for attaching the panel that fell.

Opening statements are expected to begin Wednesday. The trial is expected to last at least five weeks.

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UPDATED Monday, October 14, 2013 --- 6:24 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A judge has rejected a last-minute bid to delay a trial to determine who was at fault when part of a parking garage gave way and killed a teenager in Milwaukee.

Judge Christopher Foley says it would be unfair to stop the trial to give Advance Cast Stone the chance to investigate whether a tow truck driver hit the 13-ton panel two weeks before it fell.

The Journal Sentinel reports Advance Cast Stone says it only recently was able to contact witnesses who saw a tow truck near the exit two weeks before the collapse.

Families of the 15-year-old who died, Jared Kellner, and two others who were injured in the 2010 accident are suing the firm that installed the panel and Milwaukee County, the owners of the structure.

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UPDATED Monday, October 14, 2013 --- 9:07 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A trial to determine who was at fault when part of a parking garage gave way and killed a teenager begins in Milwaukee County.

The families of the 15-year-old who died, Jared Kellner, and two others who were injured in the 2010 accident are suing the firm that installed the 13-ton panel that collapsed and Milwaukee County, the owners of the structure.

The county blames Advance Cast Stone for the accident, saying the construction company used a faulty method for attaching the panel that fell.

The teen's friend, Eric Wosinski and Wosinski's mother, Amy, were injured by the falling panel.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Friday, June 24, 2011 --- 4:38p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A downtown Milwaukee parking garage is set to reopen a year after an exterior concrete panel fell and killed a 15-year-old boy.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the O'Donnell Park garage is slated to reopen in time for Wednesday's start of Summerfest, an annual music festival.

Jared Kellner of Greenfield was on his way to Summerfest on June 24, 2010, when one of the 13-ton panels fell and killed him. Two others were injured.

An expected reopening date of Tuesday for the parking ramp was listed in a news release by several county supervisors. But county Public Works Director Jack Takerian says that will depend on getting the go-ahead from city inspectors and completing several tasks remaining in the $5.4 million renovation of the O'Donnell Park ramp.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 29, 2010 --- 1:15 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The family of the teen killed by a falling concrete slab in a Milwaukee parking garage remembers Jared Kellner as a person of integrity.

His mother, Dawn Kellner, told reporters she always admired the way Jared treated people so beautifully.

She says he always wished the world were a kinder place. She asks that people honor his memory by treating others more nicely today, because that would make Jared's dream come true.

The Greenfield teen was killed last week as he exited the garage with friends. A 27,000-pound slab fell without warning, killing him and injuring two others.

Milwaukee County authorities have pledged to conduct a thorough investigation, studying every last piece of evidence.

Jared's funeral is scheduled to be held Thursday.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 29, 2010 --- 7:05 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A downtown Milwaukee parking garage remains closed while an investigation continues into how a 30-foot concrete slab fell off the facade and killed a teenager.

Fencing surrounds the entire O'Donnell parking structure to contain the scene and keep pedestrians safe.

On Tuesday, a piece of the structure will be removed to use in the investigation. Investigators from the Milwaukee County sheriff's office and the district attorney's office will be on the scene while the parapet section is removed.

Last Thursday a 15-year-old boy was killed when the 27,000-pound slab fell on him as he walked out of the parking garage on his way to a lakefront music festival. Two other people were hurt.

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UPDATED Friday, June 25, 2010 --- 11:45 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee County authorities are pledging to conduct a methodical investigation after a 30-foot concrete slab fell from the facade of a parking garage, killing a 15-year-old boy.

Sheriff David Clarke said Friday that investigators want to be thorough in examining every piece of evidence.

The 27,000-pound concrete slab fell about seven feet Thursday afternoon.

Jared Kellner of Greenfield was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were injured. Thirty-six-year-old Amy Wosinski of East Troy is hospitalized in satisfactory condition, and her 15-year-old son Eric Wosinski was treated at a hospital and released.

The victims were heading down the street to the kickoff of Summerfest, a major summer music festival on Milwaukee's lakefront.

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UPDATED Friday, June 25, 2010 --- 11:10 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee County authorities are planning to release more information about a parking-garage accident in which a 30-foot concrete slab fell one story, killing a 15-year old boy and injuring a woman and her teenage son.

Sheriff David Clarke has scheduled a news conference for Friday morning.

The slab fell Thursday afternoon from the garage, which was built in the 1990s.

Froedtert Hospital spokeswoman Kim Wick said Friday the woman is in satisfactory condition. She says the woman's 15-year-old son has been released from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

The accident happened just down the street from the Summerfest grounds. At the time thousands of people were pouring into downtown Milwaukee to attend the kickoff of the music festival.

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UPDATED Friday, June 25, 2010 --- 7:55 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee County authorities are expected to release more information about a parking-structure accident in which a 30-foot concrete slab fell one story, killing one person and injuring two others.

Sheriff David Clarke has scheduled a news conference for Friday morning.

Clarke and other officials released few details Thursday afternoon, about two hours after the slab dropped.

The accident happened just down the street from the Summerfest grounds. At the time thousands of people were pouring into downtown Milwaukee to attend the kickoff of the music festival.

People who had parked in the O'Donnell parking structure were indefinitely barred from re-entering the facility to retrieve their vehicles. Clarke's office say people are now being allowed back in.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 24, 2010 --- 7:16 p.m.

From NBC15's News Partner, WITI Fox 6 in Milwaukee:

A falling piece of concrete struck several individuals at the O'Donnell Park Parking structure. Two people who suffered injuries were taken to Froedtert Hospital, and a third person died at the scene. Investigators have closed the parking structure, freeway exits, and Lincoln Memorial Parkway.

Police received the 911 call around 4:00 p.m., and immediately sent officers and rescue crews over to the parking structure. Three people were injured in this accident, one of them died from their injuries. The other two are being treated at Froedtert Hospital.

The O'Donnell Park parking structure is closed off to the public until Milwaukee County engineers can determine the structure is safe. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has no idea how long cars will be trapped inside the building.

After cars are released from the structure Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker says the structure will remain closed. He told FOX6 he doesn't care how long it is closed, no one will have access to it until engineers can determine if the structure is "100% safe."

County Executive Scott Walker says this is not a maintenance issue, and the structure's maintenance has not been delayed.

Lincoln Memorial Parkway has been shut down from Michigan St. to McKinley Ave. Anyone looking to attend Summerfest should take side streets and not rely on freeway exits to get you close to Summerfest.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 24, 2010 --- 6:30 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee County sheriff says a concrete slab fell from a Milwaukee lakefront parking ramp killing one person and injuring two others.

Sheriff David Clarke said the collapse of the 30-foot slab occurred at about 4 p.m. Thursday. He withheld the victims' names, genders and ages, pending notification of relatives. He said the injured were taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

The collapse was at an entrance to a parking garage on Lincoln Memorial Drive, within a few blocks of Summerfest. The event, which bills itself as the world's largest music festival, kicked off its 11-day run Thursday.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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Posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 --- 5:15 p.m.

From NBC15's News Partner, WITI Fox 6 in Milwaukee:
Falling concrete kills 1; injures others at Milwaukee's O'Donnell Parking Structure

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE - A falling piece of concrete struck several individuals at the O'Donnell Park Parking structure. One person was killed by the concrete. Milwaukee Police and Milwaukee Firefighters are currently on the scene.

The Heavy Urban Rescue team is on the scene. They are trained in rescuing people from structures like this. They also were called on the scene after the Falk explosion.


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