Two wrongful death lawsuits filed by victims’ family after Davenport building collapse

Court documents indicate that two further wrongful death complaints have been initiated concerning the partial building collapse that occurred in downtown Davenport on May 28.

Following the tragic demise of Daniel Prien and Ryan Hitchcock in the collapse at 324 Main St, family members have lodged 44-page lawsuits on their behalf. Documented on November 15th. Prior litigation pertaining to the collapse have been consolidated with the newly filed ones.

The lawsuit involves the same defendants as previous cases involving building collapses: the City of Davenport; building owner Andrew Wold and his LLCs; Select Structural Engineering, Townsend Engineering, and Bi-State Masonry, the firms hired to perform masonry work on the structure; Village Property Management, the manager of the property at the time of the collapse; former owner Waukee Investments; and Parkwild Properties.

The suits were initiated by Nancy Frezza, the daughter of Prien, and Scott Morehart, the uncle of Hitchcock, who serve as administrators of the victims’ estates, respectively.

Inspections by the City of Davenport in August 2020 identified “open mortar joints, spalling brick faces, and other masonry distress” on the west wall of the structure, which are extensively detailed in both lawsuits. These issues predated the collapse. The nearly identical lawsuits continue by containing numerous photographs and allegations that the defendants’ wrongdoings caused the untimely deaths of Alfred Hitchcock and Laurence Prien. Each lawsuit comprises eleven relief claims and requests a jury trial on all issues pertaining to the claims made in the lawsuits.

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