Bridge collapse: Out on errands, killed in an instant

Campus Opens After Deadly Bridge Collapse

Questions continue to linger in aftermath of FIU bridge collapse

Florida International University students returned to class Monday for the first time since the deadly bridge collapse.

Orlando, Fla., attorney Matt Morgan announced over the weekend he would file the first civil lawsuit in the accident.

Marquise Rashaad Hepburn, who lives in Miami-Dade County, was "seriously injured" as he rode his bicycle under the pedestrian bridge spanning Southwest Eighth Street at 109th Avenue near the main campus of Florida International University (FIU), according to a lawsuit filed on Monday in state Circuit Court in Miami. The few students on campus when the collapse occurred last week wondered how many more people could have been killed if the school, which has about 55,000 students split between several campuses, been in session.

Lawyers representing Marquise Rashaad Hepburn said he was riding to work Thursday when the bridge came down, forcing a vehicle to veer out of the way and slam into him.

The university's president, Mark B. Rosenberg, said in a video posted to social media, "All of FIU mourns".

Hepburn, "like many other unsuspecting victims, was simply performing ordinary activities and like many other victims of this horrific event was simply passing under the bridge without warning of increased danger", the lawsuit reads.


Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board remained on the scene, inspecting the rubble, interviewing people, poring over documents and gathering evidence. Just two days before Thursday's horrific collapse, one of the lead engineers for the project left a voice mail with Florida's department of transportation: "Some cracking that's been observed on the north end of the span..." The voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, however.

It said that it is the designer of the bridge, working for MCM. Previously, authorities identified the five other people who were killed when the bridge fell on top of cars stopped at a red light: Alexa Duran, the only FIU student who was killed; Navaro Brown, a bridge worker; Osvaldo (Ozzie) González; Alberto Arias; and Rolando Fraga.

"On Thursday morning (March 15, 2018), at 9:00 a.m., the design build team of MCM and Figg, convened a meeting at the MCM trailer, located on the construction site, to discuss a crack that appeared on the structure". Our priority focus continues to place sympathies for the victims at the forefront of our thoughts.

Investigations are ongoing, and it is not known whether the crack contributed to the collapse.

Munilla Construction did not respond to a request from ABC News for comment, but a message on the company's answering machine, said, in part, "We are all devastated and are doing everything we can to assist". "I will cherish every memory we've made and will miss you every day for the rest of my life".

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