UFC bantamweight Macy Chiasson lost her home in a fatal crane accident over the weekend and is filing a lawsuit against the apartment complex owners and the crane company.
Per ESPN, Chiasson is suing both the crane company and the apartment complex owners:
Chiasson sued Bigge Crane and Rigging and the apartment owner, Elan Dallas City Lights (plus affiliated companies GREP and Gabriella Nationwide), in Dallas County district court for gross negligence, among other claims, ESPN confirmed via court documents. Chiasson is seeking exemplary damages in an amount that “is not less than three times the amount of the Plaintiff’s actual damages.”
“These people need to be held accountable,” Chiasson’s lawyer, Jason Friedman, told ESPN of the defendants. “These people were careless, and they’re building the whole community. They should care about the community instead of just the bottom line.”
Chiasson was at her Dallas apartment on Sunday when a crane working on an adjacent building collapsed onto her complex during a storm. Wind gusts in the area reportedly reached 71 mph, and one woman, 29-year-old Kiersten Smith, died in the accident. Chiasson escaped with cuts to her feet but was otherwise uninjured.
Chiasson said she had just arrived at her apartment Sunday afternoon when she heard noise coming from behind the building. She said she was aware that construction was being done but knew that workers were not usually there on Sundays.
“I’ve lost everything. Once I heard all the crashing and felt the shaking I looked at my dog and got out of there as fast as possible. I didn’t even have any shoes on,” Chiasson said. “It reminds you how valuable life is. You’re not replaceable, but material items are.”
“People were panicking. Apartments were completely gone,” Chiasson said. “The pool, the garage, everything was destroyed. This is by far one of the craziest moments of my life.”
— Andrea Lucia (@CBS11Andrea) June 12, 2019
Chiasson (5-0) is one of the UFC’s best prospects in the women’s bantamweight division. She is coming off a second-round TKO win over Sarah Moras at UFC Ottawa in May.
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