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A woman who died in an Arby’s freezer “smacked her bloody hands” trying to escape, according to a demand presented by their children.
Nguyet Le63 years old, was trapped inside a cold room while on an extended temporary assignment as general manager at an Arby’s restaurant in New Iberia, Louisiana, owned by Turbo Restaurants, which is part of franchise management company Sun Holdings, as reported by CBS.
His son Nguyen “tragically” discovered his body when he arrived for his shift on May 11.according to the lawsuit.
Supposedly, Nguyet Le was trapped in the cold room after other workers left to open before other employees arrived.
“The investigating officer conveyed that the inside of the freezer door was bloody.leading him to conclude that Ms. Le panicked once locked inside and hit her hands trying to escape or get someone’s attention,” the lawsuit says.
“Eventually, she collapsed into a fetal position face down on the frozen ground,” the document reads. The lawsuit claims that the company’s policy is to keep the freezer at least minus 10 degrees “if not colder.”
Preliminary reports list the cause of death as hypothermia, according to the lawsuit. However, exact cause of death has not been determined.
Investigators previously said foul play is not suspected. according to the family’s lawyer in a press release.
The restaurant’s regional manager allegedly knew the freezer latch was broken and “Therefore, Turbo Restaurants was aware of an extremely dangerous condition at its restaurant since at least August 2022,” the lawsuit says.
“However, they acted with conscious indifference by not repairing the latch for almost 9 months. This was the cause, in fact, and the proximate cause of Ms. Le’s death,” the lawsuit continued.
According to reports, employees had to use a screwdriver to help open and lock the door and an oil box to help open it, the suit alleges.
According to the lawsuit, Le was a widow and mother of four children. Nguyen was Le’s eldest and lived with her because “he was somewhat disabled.”
The family is suing Turbo Restaurants, its franchise management company Sun Holdings and Arby’s parent company Inspire Brands for gross negligence.
Le’s children “demand” a jury trial and more than $1 million dollarsas stated in the claim.
They are seeking all damages available to a beneficiary for wrongful death under the law, loss of consortium, past and future mental anguish, conscious pain and suffering, loss of support, and loss of love and affection.
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