Father suing Universal Orlando Resort over death of his son

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According to the Orlando Sentinel, a father whose son committed suicide at Universal’s Aventura Hotel has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. He’s accusing employees of excessively serving him alcohol in an open-air rooftop bar that lacked sufficient barriers.

His son, Matthew Bahna, 27, died last year after jumping from the Bar 17 Bistro atop the 17-story Aventura Hotel.

In the lawsuit, Alfred Bahna said employees served his 5-foot-3-tall son six tall drinks within 90 minutes. So,he was “intoxicated to the extent that his normal faculties and judgment were substantially and significantly impaired.”

Matthew Bahna remained at the bar after it closed at midnight, but bar employees didn’t monitor him as he acted suspiciously and attempted to scale the perimeter barrier wall, the lawsuit said.

Just after 12:30 a.m., he was able to pull himself over the glass and jumped to his death after three attempts.

The defendants knew or should have known that the open-air design of the rooftop deck of the Bar 17 Bistro was unsafe and had inadequate barrier protection,” the lawsuit said, alleging it was “foreseeable” that drunk patrons could climb on a sink or furniture to scale the adjacent barrier wall that lacked “protective measures, such as anti-climb roller bars.

This is still a developing story, so we’ll provide updates if more information becomes available.


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Kevin Koszola