Just saw in several tweets from @mgafni that the Alameda DA’s office announced after nine months of investigation that no charges will be filed for criminal actions by the parties involved in building the deck that fell last summer.
If you recall, six died and seven Irish summer worker college students were injured after they fell 40+ feet to a concrete sidewalk in Berkeley last summer when a rotted balcony gave way. The images of that scene were horrible and left lasting wounds on the rescuers and survivors.
The DA’s office seized the fallen balcony and made it evidence from a crime scene. After investigating the case, no criminal charges will be filed, leaving civil action as the only real recourse. Although criminal intent was not found, it’s probably going to be easier to show negligence and construction defects for the plaintiff’s attorneys. Civil suits have been filed by attorney’s against the builder and the subs as well as the management company and others.
Watch for further news on the Berkeley case in the future as the civil cases move ahead.