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Two building collapse survivors seek $50 million in damages

Andrew Stroth holds up a photo of Peach Berry in the hospital.
Andrew Stroth holds up a photo of Peach Berry in the hospital.

Two survivors of The Davenport collapse plan to ask a jury for $50 million dollars in damages.

On May 28th, Peach Berry was trapped in the rubble of the partially collapsed building for eight hours. Doctors had to amputate her leg to get her out and save her life.

Peach Berry (right) and her wife, Lexus Berry (left).
Peach Berry (right) and her wife, Lexus Berry (left).

On Thursday in Davenport, her lawyers announced Berry and her wife are seeking $50 million dollars and a jury trial. Berry spoke via Zoom.

"Everything in my day-to-day has changed, like everything I have to do is different," she said. "I feel way better than I did in the beginning, of course. Mentally, it's a struggle. It's hard, you don't know if you're safe in any building."

"I think I'm dealing with everything the best way that I can, and we're trying to move forward in our day-to-day lives as best as we can."

Civil rights attorney, Andrew Stroth, says they'll ask for the earliest possible trial date.

"They knew all of this and they failed and this 25-year old young Black woman doesn't have a leg, and it should've never happened."

"We want to bring the information to light, and we want the parties held responsible."

"Resolving it is a better pathway for our clients at this moment, they don't have any money, they don't have any jobs, they can't work," he said. "So we have no problem going to trial, but the best course of action for the taxpayers of this community, and for our clients, is an early resolution."

It's one of multiple lawsuits filed against Davenport, the building owner, Andrew Wold, and contractors.

A hearing is scheduled for December 5th.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.