Last year, 22-year-old Roxanne Ngo died of a drug overdose at the popular HARD Summer Music Festival in Fontana, CA.
Now, Ngo’s parents are taking legal action against Live Nation. On July 31, exactly one year after their beloved daughter passed away, Hai Ngo, Roxanne’s father, filed the lawsuit in San Bernardino Superior Court; he alleges that Live Nation was negligent in making sure festival conditions were safe and drug-free.
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Roxanne was a fourth-year college student at UC Riverside; her alleged drug overdose came by use of MDMA, more commonly referred to as Molly.
Lee Sherman, her parent’s attorney, is arguing that Live Nation was not properly prepared for overdose-related injuries. With the weather reaching into 90 degrees on that fateful day, the family further insists that there were not enough water stations, medical tents, or police presence for the 147,000 people in attendance at the festival.
The lawsuit further claims Live Nation “oversold the event and created an atmosphere that was over attended, overcrowded and dangerous.” Organizers “put profits ahead of the safety of the HARD fest attendees including Roxanne Ngo.”
A Live Nation spokesperson reported to Billboard that they do not comment on lawsuits that are ongoing.
Unforunately, Roxanne was not the only person who died of a drug-related overdose at HARD Festival in 2016. Two others had the same fate. The 2017 festival was moved to Glen Helen Ampitheater in Devore, California this year.
Billboard further reports that San Bernandino County’s Board of Supervisors worked together with Live Nation to create an environment with less chance of injuries at this year’s event. Consequently, no one died at this year’s festival, but 107 festival-goers were arrested and 19 were hospitalized.
Gary Richards created HARD Summer Music Festival. In 2012, Richards ended up selling the festival to Live Nation.
Remembering Roxanne Ngo
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