A 23-year-old woman's family recently filed what was likely a premises liability accident lawsuit against the Palmer House Hilton hotel where she died while attempting to slide down the banister, according to the Daily Mail.
Dressed as comic hero Silver Spectre, Megan Duskey was at the Haunted Hotel Ball for just half an hour on October 30, 2010, when she fell over a banister and landed four stories below in the basement. Her parents filed a $500,000 lawsuit that claims their daughter’s death was the result of combined negligence of four parties, including Surreal Chicago, Adrenaline Y2K, Palmer House Hilton and Hilton Worldwide.
The Daily Mail reported that the Duskeys alleged that the hosts allowed guests to “consume unlimited amounts of alcoholic beverages.” They also questioned the lack of security. None of the parties involved in the lawsuit were available to respond to these accusations. However, several of Megan’s close friends and party guests told the media what happened that night.
One of Megan’s closest friends, Elisa Pesseto, left her friend for a few minutes. According to the Chicago Tribune, she returned to the stairwell to see two of her friends weeping while collapsed on the floor. “I couldn’t even understand what they were saying,” said Elisa. “Then someone said Megan fell.”
Several guests reportedly tried to reach Megan but only her cousin was successful in getting down to the basement. Party guest Ben Clements told ABC News the area was secluded.
Megan was pronounced dead at the scene with no evidence leading to foul play. Police did, however, tell reporters that alcohol may have been a factor in her death, in which case her family may be entitled to sue the defendants under Illinois' dram shop law.