POMONA, CA (CelebrityAccess) — The parents of a 19-year-old college student who died after attending Hard Summer, EDM event at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds last August have filed a lawsuit against event organizer Live Nation and the Los Angeles County Fair Association, the operators of the fairgrounds.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit, filed last Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses the defendants of negligence, alleging that they should have known that Hard Summer would “widespread illegal and illicit activity,” such as drug use.
The lawsuit also claims that the defendants “breached their duties to protect” event attendees from people distributing or consuming illegal drugs. The suit also alleges that the Fairgrounds and City of Pomona were negligent in creating, or allowing others to create, “a dangerous condition of its public property.”
Dix reportedly collapsed after taking a drug that she thought was "molly" or methylenedioxymethamphetamine at the event and was unresponsive by the time she arrived at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where she later died. The suit alleges that the event was overcrowded and understaffed, leading to a delay in Dix receiving medical attention, and claimed that Dix could have been saved with timely medical intervention.
Representatives for all of the named defendants declined to comment to the Times on the lawsuit. – Staff Writers