Family awarded $53M in Texas A&M Kyle Field deadly demolition accident

HOUSTON (AP) — Relatives of a demolition worker have been awarded $53 million over his 2013 death after he fell four stories during renovation of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.

Jurors in Houston on Wednesday decided on damages in the negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of Angel Garcia’s mother and two children.

Garcia was working for Lindamood Demolition Inc. of Irving when a section of concrete fell onto equipment he was operating.

Manhattan-Vaughn, a joint venture partnership between Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction Co. and Houston-based Vaughn Construction Co., provided management services. The demolition company was found 25 percent liable. Manhattan-Vaughn was determined to be 75 percent liable.

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Manhattan-Vaughn JVP attorney Wade Quinn said Thursday that the companies take safety seriously and Garcia’s accident was heartbreaking. Quinn said an appeal was planned.

Lindamood didn’t immediately comment.