July 12, 2013
The family of a 51-year-old woman from Colorado Springs who was killed while filming a television show for the Discovery Channel has filed a Colorado Wrongful Death Lawsuit against the station and its affiliate, Anthropic Productions. The suit claims the companies’ negligence was responsible for the woman’s death.
According to an article from NY Daily News, the incident occurred in June 2012 at the Dragon Man Gus Store in Colorado Springs. Reports indicated the victim, along with her husband and daughter, were filming the opening sequence for a new television show about the shooting range they own. The scene called for the trio to walk through a cloud of smoke created by pyrotechnics. During filming, one of the pyrotechnics malfunctioned and hit the victim at roughly 150 mph, killing her instantly.
The lawsuit, filed in Denver Federal Court, claims the owners of the Discovery Channel and the production company failed to acquire permits to use pyrotechnics or have a licensed technician onsite to oversee the use of the explosive devices. The lawsuit further alleges that the companies were in violation of a state law banning the use of fireworks.
The Colorado Springs Personal Injury Attorneys with McDivitt Law Firm acknowledge how difficult the loss of a loved one can be. The firm is hopeful a decision in the case will bring some closure to the family of the victim.