Family of woman beheaded by door in Utah sues Park Service for negligence
The family of a Ugandan human rights activist filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service this month after being beheaded by a gate in Arches National Park last year.
Esther “Essie” Nakajjigo, a 25-year-old bride, visited Utah Park with her husband last year to celebrate the first anniversary of their first date.
The couple were driving to buy ice cream when a door blew against the wind and slashed their car, hitting Nakajjigo on the head and neck.
Nakajjigo’s family claimed in a lawsuit filed in Denver on June 8 that the door had not been locked for two weeks prior to the incident, according to the Associated Press, which constitutes a violation of federal policy.
The lawsuit doesn’t say how much money the family is asking for in damages, but it accuses park staff of negligence, Fox 13 reported.
Nakajjigo’s widower Ludovic Michaud also filed a wrongful death complaint against the Park Service last year, claiming $ 240 million in damages. In addition, Nakajjigo’s parents are asking for $ 30 million.
Michaud said Nakajjigo’s death was the “worst thing I hope to ever see”.
The Hill has contacted the Park Service for comment.
Nakajjigo received a Woman Achiever Award at the age of 17 after investing her tuition money in starting a health center providing free reproductive health services to women.
She has also received a number of humanitarian awards and built a popular reality TV series that has helped empower young mothers, according to the AP.