An example of Ecstasy, often referred to as "Molly." via Wikimedia Commons
An example of Ecstasy, often referred to as “Molly.” via Wikimedia Commons

The mother of an Anaheim teen who died of a drug overdose after attending a rave concert in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in 2014 is suing the promoters, contending there was insufficient security and medical personnel present.

The complaint filed on behalf of Julie Tran, mother of 19-year-old Emily Michelle Tran, names Hard Events LLC, Live Nation Worldwide LLC, Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and security company Staff Pro Inc. and seeks unspecified damages.

A Live Nation representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the Los Angeles Superior Court suit, which alleges wrongful death, negligence and premises liability.

Emily Tran died at an El Monte hospital on April 4, 2014, after attending the Hard Summer electronic music festival. Her mother’s suit, filed Wednesday, states that the teen ingested an unknown quantity of the drug Ecstasy while attending the concert.

The promoters knew or should have known that Ecstasy is commonly taken by rave concert-goers, according to the complaint, but “turned a blind eye to the known risks in order to capitalize on teenagers and young adults who believed they were attending a safe party environment …”

The suit alleges those working at the event failed to “adequately transport” the plaintiff’s daughter to the first aid center, where her condition worsened after she eventually was brought there.

The medical workers also delayed getting the teen to a hospital “where she could receive definitive care and management,” the suit alleges.

Julie Tran believes the emergency staff members were poorly trained and not properly equipped to help her daughter, causing the care given the teen to fall below the proper medical standards, the suit states.

–City News Service 

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