Family of man killed by People Mover files lawsuit

Associated Press

Detroit — The family of a man who died after being run over by the Detroit People Mover says his death was preventable.

WXYZ-TV reports a recent Wayne County Circuit Court lawsuit on behalf of the family by attorney Michael Morse describes how one security officer was responsible for monitoring surveillance cameras and apparently didn’t see Michael Whyte fall onto the automated rail system’s tracks.

The Detroit man fell between two cars May 15 and was dragged along the tracks. Morse says barriers to prevent such a fall weren’t installed at the time.

The lawsuit names the Detroit Transportation Corp., which runs the People Mover. In a statement, the city says an outside consulting firm has been hired to review People Mover procedures. Authorities earlier said the death was deemed accidental.