Four children of an 85-year-old man who died from his injuries three days after slipping and falling at a Long Beach auto repair business in 2016 are suing the entity, alleging the employees never called 911 and allowed him to fall a second time.
Novell, Maxine, Reggie and Sylvia Thompson, the offspring of Willie Thompson, filed the lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Junior & True Automotive on Anaheim Street and the property owner, True Vannie Fleming of Long Beach. The wrongful death/negligence suit seeks unspecified damages.
A representative of the business could not be immediately reached.
Willie Thompson was a customer at Junior & True on Dec. 17, 2016, when he slipped or tripped on a slippery substance, the suit states.
Instead of calling 911, the employees drove him to his home and he fell a second time while being transported, the suit alleges.
Willie Thompson suffered a right hip fracture that caused a hemorrhage and shock, the suit states. While at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, he went into “respiratory distress” and never recovered from his injuries, according to the suit. He died Dec. 20, 2016, the suit states.
Willie Thompson was in good health before the injuries and his children have been deprived of his love, affection and companionship, the suit states.