Last year at HARD Summer Music Festival in Pomona, California, two young women died as a result of ecstasy-related causes. Katie Dix, 18, and Tracy Nguyen, 19, were both transported out of the Pomona Fairplex to a nearby hospital where they were each pronounced dead.
Now, the parents of Dix are filing a lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment Inc., Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Fair Association, security agency Staff Pro Inc. and the city of Pomona on wrongful death, negligence, premises liability and public nuisance allegations.
According to My News LA:
The suit maintains that the defendants knew or should that the drug Ecstasy is “commonly ingested at raves” and that it would be distributed and consumed at Hard Fest.
The defendants “turned a blind eye to the known risks in order to capitalize on teenagers and young adults who believed they were attending a safe party environment” sanctioned by the city of Pomona and Los Angeles County, the suit alleges. The rave fans also believed there were would be sufficient security and emergency personnel, according to the suit.
The parents of Katie Dix are seeking unspecified damages.
We reached out to HARD who had no comment on the matter at this time.
HARD Summer Music Festival begins again this weekend at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. This is the first year that the festival is allowing camping.
Note: The woman featured in the image is not Katie Dix.