Santa Barbara Company Sued for Wrongful Death
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.