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Lawyer announces first lawsuit in fatal bridge collapse 

Matt Morgan has filed the first lawsuit against the companies involved in the design and building of the bridge that collapsed in FL

The first lawsuit has been filed against the companies involved in the design and building of the bridge that collapsed at Florida International University.

‘I will be filing the first civil lawsuit related to the FIUBridgeCollapse  tomorrow morning,’ Matt Morgan, of Morgan and Morgan, tweeted on Sunday. 

‘It is imperative we act quickly to secure critical documentation & data. Thoughts & prayers to all the families impacted by this tragedy. #FIUbridge,’ he added.

The lawsuit was filed by Morgan, an Orlando-based lawyer, on Monday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of 24-year-old Marquise Rashaad Hepburn. 

Hepburn was seriously injured as he rode his bicycle under the bridge when it collapsed last week. 

The lawsuit says a car swerving to avoid the falling concrete struck Hepburn.

The negligence lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from the entities involved in building the bridge. 

The lawsuit was filed by Morgan, an Orlando-based lawyer, on Monday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Marquise Rashaad Hepburn. Hepburn was seriously injured as he rode his bicycle under the bridge (pictured) when it collapsed last week

The lawsuit was filed by Morgan, an Orlando-based lawyer, on Monday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Marquise Rashaad Hepburn. Hepburn was seriously injured as he rode his bicycle under the bridge (pictured) when it collapsed last week

The lawsuit says a car swerving to avoid the falling concrete struck Hepburn

The lawsuit says a car swerving to avoid the falling concrete struck Hepburn

The negligence lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from the entities involved in building the bridge 

The negligence lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from the entities involved in building the bridge 

Morgan tweeted Monday evening that he will be filing a second lawsuit on Tuesday

Morgan tweeted Monday evening that he will be filing a second lawsuit on Tuesday

They include Munilla Construction Management and FIGG Bridge Engineers. Both companies say they will cooperate with multiple investigations into the collapse that killed six people.

Ronaldo Fraga Hernandez, Oswald Gonzalez and Alberto Arias were all killed in the horrific collapse. 

Navaro Brown, 37, who died at the hospital, was employed by a structural technology company. 

Brandon Brownfield was believed to be inside one of the other cars that was removed Saturday night.

And 18-year-old Alexa Duran, a student at the university, was recovered from one of the vehicles Saturday night.

The lawsuit says cracks in the span should have been taken seriously and traffic should have been diverted during any testing. 

Navaro Brown, 37, was employed by a structural technology company

Alexa Duran,18, a student at the university, was recovered from one of the vehicles Saturday night

Navaro Brown, 37, who died at the hospital, was employed by a structural technology company. Alexa Duran, 18, a student at the university, was recovered from one of the vehicles Saturday night

Oswald Gonzalez (left) and Alberto Arias (right) were both killed in the horrific collapse

Oswald Gonzalez (left) and Alberto Arias (right) were both killed in the horrific collapse

Ronaldo Fraga Hernandez

Brandon Brownfield

Ronaldo Fraga Hernandez (left) and Brandon Brownfield were also killed. Brownfield was believed to be inside one of the other cars that was removed Saturday night

Morgan also tweeted Monday evening that he will be filing a second lawsuit on Tuesday. 

Tomorrow, I will be filing a lawsuit for another individual whose car was crushed by the #FIUBridgeCollapse. My client respectfully requests any member of the media reach out to me for any questions. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration. #fiubridge,’ Morgan tweeted.

Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg joined students and staff to hold hands and bow their heads for a moment of silence at 1.47pm on Monday to honor the victims of the bridge collapse.

The moment of silence was the first in a series of memorials as classes resumed on campus after the university’s spring break.

In a statement, Rosenberg said a blood drive was scheduled Tuesday to support wounded victims who remain hospitalized.

The Student Government Association will hold a vigil Wednesday morning for Duran, an FIU student killed when the bridge collapsed on her car. 

Duran’s sorority will hold a memorial for her Thursday evening.

Students returning to class said they were angry that traffic continued under the bridge while testing continued on the 950-ton structure. 



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