Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

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By edhat staff

A Santa Barbara-based company has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit where a Marine's wife died after hitting her head in a parking lot last summer.

After a night of dancing on June 14, John Pinkham, 23, was carrying his new wife Robyn, 22, in his arms when he tripped on a pothole outside of the Coyote Bar and Grill in Carlsbad, California. Robyn suffered a severe head injury and died five days later, according to KNSD in San Diego.

Pinkham is now suing SVF, LLC based in Santa Barbara, which also operates under the name SIMA Corporation, as it owns and manages the restaurant in the Village Faire shopping mall. The lawsuit is accusing the company of failing to maintain the parking lot in a safe condition and causing the accident, reports KNSD.

It is unclear whether alcohol played a role in the fatal accident. 

SIMA Corporation is involved with "approximately 1.25 million square feet of commercial properties, including boutique shopping centers, a regional mall, mixed-use retail/ office properties, commercial office buildings and approximately 2,452 units of multi-family residential properties located throughout the United States," according to their website.

The company was founded in 1984 and manages several local buildings including 1129 State Street which houses CorePower Yoga, El Paseo, Victoria Court, Santa Barbara and Cathedral Oaks Athletic Clubs, the Santa Ynez Inn, and more.

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a-1582212061 Jan 29, 2020 08:33 AM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

Agreed, PITMIX. That lawyer is still wincing after being cut off from Wendy's millions in legal payments over the year unsuccessfully defending her labor management tactics while running the News-Suppress. "SAD"

PitMix Jan 28, 2020 11:26 AM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

What we are saying is that accidents happen, and suing is not always the right course. When you are born you are not given a sheet of paper guaranteeing you an accident free future. It's not as though the couple fell into a big hole that was left uncovered by the owner's maintenance workers. He tripped. This probably has a lot more to do with a lawyer seeing if he can get the company to settle to minimize the lawyer costs, and getting some quick cash for the client. Hard to turn down that deal if you are the grieving husband.

Jm129 Jan 28, 2020 07:32 AM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

What’s tragic is that this article provides little insight into the issues around the lawsuit and that many of the comments display pessimism without having all the facts. I rarely rarely read the comments on Edhat because I finding they are negative and lack thoughtfulness or critical thinking. Frankly, the meanness I see here makes me very sad. I believe people can do better. If people were not doing this anonymously, would the make the same comments? Is this true public discourse? Perhaps it is time to discontinue the comments on Edhat?

a-1582212061 Jan 28, 2020 11:30 AM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

JM129, have you ever been on the internet before? Have you ever read comments on any website ever? It's not unique to edhat. On facebook, Nextdoor, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram... literally every website has this issue as it's the nature of humans. Choose to find the good and ignore the bad, just like in life. Also this comment is way off topic and doesn't relate to the article.

PitMix Jan 28, 2020 11:21 AM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

Not discontinue the comments, but make it so it is not anonymous. Although NextDoor is not anonymous and you would be surprised what neighbors will post there.

Lina24 Jan 28, 2020 10:29 PM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

Maybe the restaurant is responsible for not cutting them off sooner. Just like they could be held liable if the couple got in a car accident after leaving the restaurant too drunk to drive.

a-1582212061 Jan 27, 2020 03:48 PM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

Since when is a lessee in a mall responsible for maintenance of the parking lot? Sounds like "let's sue everyone and see what sticks....."

FredMertzEE Jan 27, 2020 05:03 PM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

Based on the information available, it's not possible to determine whether the right entity is named as a defendant. In addition to some obvious potential flaws with the merits, the linked article notes the following: People working at stores within Village Faire said the company takes good care of the space and patches the parking spaces every summer. One restaurant manager said the area in question is actually not a parking lot but a street owned by the city of Carlsbad. One side of that street is used by the North County Transit for commuter parking. The law firm suing on behalf of the family said more defendants could be added to the suit. The law firm did not answer questions about whether the couple had been drinking and if that may have played a role in the fall.

a-1582212061 Jan 27, 2020 04:41 PM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

The article is poorly written. A little google research shows that SIMA owns the shopping center. The article makes is seem as they are suing a tenant of the center.

a-1582212061 Jan 27, 2020 03:54 PM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

3:48 - he's suing the property management company (lessor to Coyote Bar and Grill), not the lessee. And the prop mgmt co is directly responsible for maintenance. Not saying this was a foreseeable risk or even a good case, but at least he's suing the correct entity.

oceandrew Jan 27, 2020 03:33 PM
Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death

I'm terribly sorry for his loss but the idea that a 23 y.o. Marine out dancing all night hadn't been drinking is like believing that wild bears come in the city to poop in the restroom.

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