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Suit filed over lack of CO detectors

By The Mercury

An acquaintance of the daughter of one of two victims of a fatal carbon monoxide incident in 2010 is suing the other victim’s estate in Riley County District Court.

The suit filed by Terrence Veal on behalf of Laniyah Veal seeks damages resulting from the death of her father, Lashawn Veal. One of the defendants is the estate of James Elliott, who also died in the incident. The suit also names the owners of the property where the deaths took place, Kenneth Fischer and Fishgill, LLC., as well as Climate Control, LLC., Rheem Manufacturing Co., and Schultz Construction, Inc.

Elliott and Veal died of carbon monoxide poisoning after Elliott left the ignition to his Ford Explorer ignition on while the vehicle was parked in the attached garage.

Attorneys for the plaintiff are alleging negligence resulting in Veal’s death, and they are suing the other defendants because of an absence of carbon monoxide detectors or alarms in the residence. The suit did not specify a damage level being sought.

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