May 19, 2020 4:21 PM

Suit filed against Kansas nursing home with 14 virus deaths

Posted May 19, 2020 4:21 PM
Brighton Gardens Senior Living Center in Prairie Village, Kansas- google image
Brighton Gardens Senior Living Center in Prairie Village, Kansas- google image

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The family of an 88-year-old man who died in a COVID-19 outbreak at a suburban Kansas City nursing home has sued.

The wrongful death suit that was filed Monday on behalf of the family of Gordan Grohman alleges that the staff at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village, Kansas, failed to separate residents with COVID-19 symptoms from those without the virus. Grohman died May 1.

It’s the first such suit against the facility, where there have been 76 positive cases and 14 deaths.

“This is not just a failure of one employee, one nurse or anything like that,” said attorney Rachel Stahle.

Similar suits have been filed against Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation, a Kansas City, Kansas, facility that is the site of 132 cases and 36 deaths.

A call to Brighton Gardens by KCUR seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

State officials reported 8,340 cases Monday, up by 454 from Friday, and 173 deaths. Johns Hopkins University reported 195 deaths.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.

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May 19, 2020 4:21 PM
KC man charged with murder in hit-and-run that killed 2
Mertens- photo Clay Co. Sheriff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder after a hit-and-run crash that killed two people in February.

Michael P. Mertens, 28, was charged Monday in the deaths of Judith Morris and Virgil M. Dixon, who were in a vehicle that Mertens hit as he sped through a stop sign, Jackson County prosecutors said Monday.

He fled the scene after the vehicle crashed but was later taken into custody.

Mertens is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and driving while a license was revoked.

A witness told police she was following Mertens because he was driving an SUV that had been stolen from her mother when she saw him speed up and run the stop sign.

Online court records do not name an attorney for Mertens, who is being held in the Clay County jail in a separate case.