Family of Chinese woman who died in traffic accident outside of Dorney sues park, driver, others

Posted Monday, June 17, 2013 9:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The family of a 22-year old former Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom employee struck and killed by a car last summer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and the South Whitehall Township amusement park's parent company. Zhen Li, of Tianjin, China, was hired to work at the park through a temporary work visa and had all work and housing arrangements set up through California-based recruiting company CCUSA Inc., which is also listed as a defendant in the suit.

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Monday, June 17, 2013 9:28 AM

Sad story. Welcome to America.

Monday, June 17, 2013 10:20 AM

What, they should have given her a Hotel Room on the OTHER side of the road. I feel sorry for the Family for their loss, but this is IMO a frivolous suit and will most likely get tossed.

I have a question for those of you who reside in Pennsylvania (Especially if you live in Allentown). Are the Pedestrian Signals synchronized with the Traffic Signal? In my State (Florida) the Ped Signals are NOT Synchronized with the Traffic Signal. When a light turns Green, the Pedestrian signal may give 30 seconds (and some ONLY that time IF one pushes the Ped Button) then revert to "Don't Walk" and stay there even though the light may stay green for five minutes or longer! I see pedestrians ignore the "Don't Walk" sign because they think "This is a five minute light, we'll have plenty of time to walk. IMO I dread the day someone , possibly a child, will be in the position where he or she will cross the street because the light is green, Then, while that child is in the middle of the road, the light decides to change. A Driver, coming down the opposite road sees his signal to green, so he doesn't bother to slow down, suddenly, he sees a kid 10 feet in front of his car and CLOSING FAST!

Monday, June 17, 2013 12:44 PM

8.3 - after reading your post, my first thought was the scene from Tango & Cash when he wrecks that guy's car in parking garage and says "welcome to America"! :)

Monday, June 17, 2013 3:34 PM

They're also suing the roommate of the driver that hit her...

Monday, June 17, 2013 3:43 PM

^Saw that. My thought is that Edwards may have been driving Skubish's car, or that she was distracting Edwards while he was driving...

Monday, June 17, 2013 4:20 PM

I think they have a case against the park and CCUSA myself. As far as I can tell there is no safe way to walk to and from the park and there is no mention of a shuttle service.

Monday, June 17, 2013 4:28 PM

The roommate may have been brought in on a negligent entrustment claim if the car was titled to her. While the park may have a decent intervening cause defense, you can certainly be assured that had the park not been named as a defendant, the defendant driver would have milked the "empty seat" for all it was worth.

It's a wrongful death claim, and you tend to cover your bases in those.

Monday, June 17, 2013 5:51 PM

It sounds like they're using the "shotgun approach" and suing anyone that's potentially involved. And let them figure out who's at fault.

Monday, June 17, 2013 9:10 PM

I think I've posted here about twice, but I'm a local to Dorney and wanted to clear up a point or two.

First, the ramp on which the young woman was killed is NOT between the hotel and the park. It's in the opposite direction. If I had to guess, based on the time of day, she may have been headed to a private bus company that is west of the park which offers trips to Philly, NYC, and the like.

Second, the ramp intersection is not signalized for pedestrians. No sidewalks are present.

Now back to lurking.

Monday, June 17, 2013 9:39 PM

I used Bing Maps to locate the Hotel and the site of the accident and she was definitely WEST of Dorney Parks Entrance, she was obviously headed somewhere other than Dorney.

Monday, June 17, 2013 10:10 PM

I've attended Dorney Park. Are they going to sue me too?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:33 AM

The hotel is directly across Hamilton Blvd from Dorney Park's gate, it appears to be completely sensible lodging for employees.

So, why should her employer be held responsible if the woman decides to walk a quarter mile along a six-lane highway to get to a bus station? On top of that, despite what the parents are quoted saying, there are other safer ways of walking to said bus station, but they would have taken longer.

It's not Dorney Park's fault, it's not the 19-yo driver's fault, it's the woman's own fault for trying to walk across a highway ramp. I feel sorry for the family, but this lawsuit is the height of frivolous. I feel bad for the driver too, it's not bad enough a person killed herself by walking in front of his vehicle, now he's getting sued too.

Friday, June 21, 2013 6:54 PM

The bigger question here is, why are they hiring people from China to work? Isn't it bad enough all our jobs went to China? Now they are even "insourcing" cheap Chinese labor to come here.

Friday, June 21, 2013 7:30 PM

That's not the question. The question is why do Americans refuse menial jobs with lower pay when they don't have the education or experience for the jobs they want?

Friday, June 21, 2013 8:06 PM

^^HSTC, what in the world does that have to do with anything? (In addition to being the answer being obvious: the labor is better and cheaper).

Friday, June 21, 2013 8:18 PM

The labor in this case is not cheaper, because you have to pay the agency to get people to come over. I hear this complaint constantly about software jobs, but guess what, it's the same problem. There is no line of corn-fed Iowa white boys in line for the jobs.

Friday, June 21, 2013 8:34 PM

I don't know if the labor is better. It seems that this one wasn't smart enough to know not to walk on a busy highway. Could the park really trust this employee to be smart enough to stay out of a restricted area? The parks are asking for trouble hiring the foreign employees and it looks like this one might just bite them in the butt.

Friday, June 21, 2013 9:53 PM

Because white/native/majority park employees have never been hit by cars...or let without limbs on Superman or let someone with cerebral palsy on a ride unchecked, or hit the button to drop someone on a SCAD tower before it was ready, or walked under a B:TR and gotten killed, or...

Not to be morbid, but your assumption that she got hit because she was foreign and not because she was human cries ignorance or something worse.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Friday, June 21, 2013 9:54 PM
Friday, June 21, 2013 11:21 PM

I would take it a step further and say that it was colossally stupid to say such a thing. Good thing you don't have a contract with Food Network.


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