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article imageParents file claim over teen's death during a rave party in LA

By Adeline Yuboco     Jan 3, 2011 in World
Los Angeles - The parents of Sasha Rodriguez, who died as a result of an ecstasy overdose, filed a claim against the management of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last December 2010.
The claim was filed with both the city and county of Los Angeles for their failure to make sure that safe conditions are kept during the Electric Daisy Carnival--a two-day rave event held in June 2010.
LA Times reports:
The Coliseum "knew, or should have known, that the rave would attract, promote, encourage, facilitate and enable widespread illegal and illicit activity, including but not limited to the possession, sale and consumption of illicit drugs," the claim says.
The Coliseum Commission also "knew, or should have known, that the rave would attract minors under the age of majority … yet it failed to enforce such minimum age requirement," the claim said.
Patrick Lynch, the General Manager of the Coliseum, did not provide a comment in reference to the said claim which is a necessary step that the parents need to take before taking the case to court.
Sasha Rodriguez, a 15-year old high school student and drill team leader from Atwater Village, was one of the 185,000 attendees of the Electric Daisy Carnival rave event held at the said Coliseum, despite the age requirement advertised by Insomniac Events, the Los Angeles-based producer of the said event, which said that attendees below 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be allowed entrance. Her parents, who is asking for a total sum of $5 million in damages, said that they were not aware that their daughter was attending the rave party, and she was only accompanied by her friends.
Rodriguez was among the 120 attendees that were rushed to nearby hospitals during the rave party as a result of drug intoxication. Dr. Marc Futernick, head emergency room physician at California Hospital Medical Center who treated Rodriguez said that the hallucinogen caused her brain not to receive oxygen, which led to her going into seizure during the ambulance ride and when she arrived at the hospital.
She was taken off a life support system on June 29--two days after she was admitted--after tests showed that there was no brain activity. The official cause of death was ruled to be complications of ischemic encephalopathy from methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) intoxication by Los Angeles County coroner's officials.
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