Judge tosses suit against Long Beach auto shop over senior’s fall before his death

A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought on behalf of four children of an 85-year-old man who died three days after slipping and falling at a Long Beach auto repair business, court papers obtained Friday show.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kristin Escalante on Thursday tossed the lawsuit brought in December 2018 by Novell, Maxine, Reggie and Sylvia Thompson, the kids of the late Willie Thompson, who died on Dec. 20, 2016.

The judge found no proof of service was ever filed on the defendants, Junior & True Automotive on Anaheim Street, and property owner True Vannue Fleming of Long Beach.

The judge’s ruling was “without prejudice,” meaning the plaintiffs can resume with the case with a proper explanation.

Willie Thompson was a customer at Junior & True, where he slipped or tripped on a slippery substance on Dec. 17, 2016, according to the suit.

Instead of calling 911, the employees drove him to his home and he fell a second time while being transported, the suit alleged.

The octogenarian suffered a right hip fracture that caused a hemorrhage and shock, and while at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, he went into “respiratory distress” and never recovered from his injuries, according to the suit.

Thompson was in good health before the injuries and his children have been deprived of his love, affection and companionship, according to their court papers.

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