Kenneka Jenkins’ mother has filed a lawsuit against Crowne Plaza hotel, its security and a restaurant at the hotel.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, claims in the suit that the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the hotel’s security staff, and a restaurant at the hotel are responsible in her daughter’s death.
Surveillance footage from the hotel showed Jenkins stumbling around the facility before going into an “Abandoned” kitchen and turning the corner toward the walk-in freezer where she ultimately died.
The suit accuses the hotel of not properly monitoring the security cameras and not reviewing it soon enough even after they aware that Jenkins had gone missing, which could have prevented her death, the Sun-Times notes.
The lawsuit also notes that Jenkins passed by several hotel personnel who should have stopped her from wandering around the hotel and going into the kitchen when she “Was visibly disoriented and in dire need of assistance.” The report notes: The lawsuit alleges that the hotel failed to secure a dangerous area or have competent staff, with counts of negligence and premises liability against the hotel, F&F Realty, Capital Security and Investigations and Murray Bros.
Caddyshack, a restaurant that leased the kitchen at the hotel.
The lawsuit also blames the hotel and its security for not stopping the party, where several people were crammed into the room that was only meant for four people, where the smoke detector had been disabled and where there was a strong odor of an “Intoxicant.” The lawsuit adds that Jenkins was “Seriously, painfully and permanently hurt and injured as her body shut down and she froze to death.” Jenkins and her estate, the lawsuit claims, suffered several damages including “Conscious, physical pain, and suffering.” According to the Chicago Tribune, a spokesperson for the hotel vowed to fight the lawsuit.
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