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Milwaukee judge rejects delay request in parking ramp death trial

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A judge in Milwaukee has said no to a defense request to delay a trial in the death of a teenager at a downtown parking garage.

A month-long civil trial began Monday, to determine who's at fault for a freak accident in 2010 in which a decorative concrete panel fell from the second floor of the O'Donnell Park ramp.

Monday, Advance Cast Stone asked to delay the trial, saying it just recently contacted witnesses who saw a tow truck at a ramp exit two weeks before the collapse. The firm said it needs time to get sworn statements from two tow truck drivers.

Circuit Judge Christopher Foley said it would probably would not help the defense, even if one of the drivers admitted hitting the ramp. The judge also said the company had more than two years to prepare its case, and delaying it now would hurt the plaintiffs.

The families of Jared Kellner, Eric Wosinski, and Eric's mother are suing Advance Cast Stone, which installed the fallen panel -- and Milwaukee County, which owns the parking ramp.

Kellner died in the incident. The two Wosinskis were hurt.