Widow files claim against city

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “He has a wife and two small children,” said Deirdre Frank, the family’s attorney. “They’ve had a very difficult time coping, especially during the holidays.” Frank said the incident, which occurred in the 13800 block of Princeton Avenue, was the result of poor support shoring up the trench. The plans and review were inadequate and the work lacked proper oversight and inspection, according to the claim. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The widow of a Ventura County man buried alive when a portion of a 17-foot-deep trench collapsed at a construction site in Moorpark has filed a $10 million claim against the city. Horacio Barajas, 34, an employee of Brandt Construction, was digging a trench last May 31 for a sewer line to the county’s system when the dirt caved in on him. Barajas, who was living in Port Hueneme with his family at the time, was still alive when rescue crews reached him, but died a short time later. The cause of death was asphyxiation. His widow, Monica Barajas, 32, filed the claim Nov. 23. A claim is generally a precursor to a lawsuit, and the City Council is being asked to reject the claim at tonight’s meeting. City officials declined to comment. last_img read more