Pa. official sues over daughter's collapse death

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Another wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the Philadelphia building collapse that killed six people amid an adjacent demolition.

Philadelphia City Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband, John Bryan, of Philadelphia, are suing over the death of their 24-year-old daughter.

Aspiring artist Anne Bryan and her friend died in the rubble of a Salvation Army thrift store as they shopped June 5.

The family's lawsuit says the Salvation Army and the adjacent property owner knew the demolition posed a danger to the small store.

The lawsuit faults the Salvation Army for keeping the store open, and the building owner and two contractors for undertaking a risky demolition plan.

Earlier Tuesday, a judge declined to reduce bail for contractor Sean Benschop, charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter.

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