Friday, June 16, 2006
I haven't noticed any earlier coverage of this incident, despite the fact that it's local to me:
What happened to Sixto Gomez during his funeral is unclear. His family says he fell out of his coffin. The funeral director says its lid popped open, but Gomez stayed in.
Either way: Ick.
The family sued in Hampshire district court for the shock; yesterday, a jury concluded that neither the funeral home nor the casket company were liable. Quoth the casket company's defense lawyer: "Unfortunate things happen to everybody."