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Fatal accident at NY Jell-O Museum brings lawsuit

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – The estate of an 81-year-old man who died after falling off a lift at the Jell-O Museum in western New York has filed a lawsuit.

Rochester media outlets report that the lawsuit filed in federal court in Rochester earlier this week by Frank LaMont Jr.’s estate names the defendants as the U.S. government, the Le Roy Historical Society, which owns the museum, and the companies that serviced, sold and installed the lift.

LaMont was living at the Canandaigua (kan-uhn-DAYG’-wuh) Veterans Affairs Medical Center in October 2010, when he visited the museum. LaMont was fatally injured when the scooter he was sitting on rolled through the back door of the museum’s wheelchair lift.

The lawsuit claims his death was the result of negligence by the V.A. and the defective design and maintenance of the lift.

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