Family of Woman Killed at Big Valley Jamboree Suing for Millions

Family of Woman Killed at Big Valley Jamboree Suing for Millions
The family of a woman crushed to death during a stage collapse at the 2009 Big Valley Jamboree festival in Camrose, AB is now suing the city, concert promoters and associated companies for over $5 million in damages.

Donna Moore died at the annual concert event after a massive windstorm hit the concert grounds, causing a speaker to fall on the mother of two, who was sitting in the VIP section on the side of the stage. As the Edmonton Journal reports, her sons, aged 10 and 16 at the time, have now filed suit, citing negligence and lack of preparing for potential weather gaffes and not properly securing the overhead speakers.

While the suit, which was filed July 14 in Wetaskiwin, AB, points to the city and Panhandle Productions Ltd. as being responsible for the tragedy, it also names stage owners Premier Global Production Company Ltd., stage assemblers Stageline Mobile Stage Inc., and security company Backstage Support Services Ltd., among others.

On top of asking for $5 million in damages for depriving the children of the "care, guidance and companionship" of their mother, the suit also seeks $250,000 for "the loss of past and future valuable services" and $95,000 for bereavement and funeral expenses.

 A similar stage collapse occurred at the Ottawa Bluesfest earlier this month, but while five people were reported injured at the event, no one died during that particular windstorm.