CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit claims that a Missouri man died at a 2019 Dave Matthews Band concert after being hit by a chair thrown by an employee of the venue in St. Louis County.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the lawsuit was filed last month by Darcy Smith of Jefferson City, the wife of the man who died, 44-year-old Jasen Smith. The suit names the concert venue, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Lawyers for Live Nation, the owner of the amphitheater, are seeking to transfer the lawsuit to federal court in St. Louis.
The concert on May 15, 2019, had ended and the couple had left the venue when Darcy Smith realized she forgot her souvenir T-shirt. Her husband went back to get it.
The suit says employees were taking down hundreds of rental chairs on the lawn and throwing them toward a pedestrian walkway when one struck Smith in the head, causing him to fall back and hit his head on the concrete walkway. He died the next morning at a hospital.