Wrongful death suit filed by family of musician that plunged to his death in elevator shaft

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The family of a well-known St. Louis musician who plunged to his death after falling down an elevator shaft has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

FOX2's Kelley Hoskins talked with the victim's family who is speaking out for the first time about how they believe his death was preventable.

The St. Louis City fire marshal’s office  investigated  the  deadly elevator accident at a downtown loft in St. Louis, Missouri  in August 2013.

Robert Reuter  fell to his death while moving into a loft  on a Saturday afternoon at the corner of Tucker and St. Charles Street. Friends say it was dark inside the freight elevator and when the man stepped in, assuming the elevator was there, he fell 18 feet to his death.

The lawsuit was filed in St. Louis Circuit Court on behalf of Robert Reuter's family.   Named in the suit are Otis Elevator Company and the building owners."I'm asking the court to not let them hide behind the corporations or their business entity. They need to responsible for this." said the Family's attorney, Donna Clark Frayne.

His family says he will be missed."We could not believe something like this could happen in this day and age, elevators are always there. This is something out of the movies. It's not right." said   the victim's sister ,Virginia Klein.

To view the entire wrongful death petition click on the link below:

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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