Lawsuit filed against store owner in synthetic marijuana death - New York News

Lawsuit filed against store owner in synthetic marijuana death

Posted: Updated:
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -

A lawsuit filed on Friday claims that a store owner in Atlanta contributed to a teen's death by selling him synthetic marijuana. The suit says the store owner should have known that a form of synthetic marijuana was dangerous and that kids were smoking it to get high.

The lawsuit says 16-year old Chase Burnett died in March of 2012 after smoking Spice. The lawsuit says the product was named Mojo Diamond Extreme.

The lawsuit claims that the owner of Gingko Food Mart, Vince Om, purchased the Mojo Diamond Extreme and his brother, Yong Om, sold it from a BP station in Peachtree City.  That's where the lawsuit claims Chase bought it.

"As I have said from day one, my family is committed to do whatever it takes to hold anyone who had a finger in our son's death accountable," said David Burnett, Chase's father.

A man who refused to give his name but identified himself as the owner of Gingko Food Mart did not want a FOX 5 crew photographing his business on Broad Street in Atlanta on Friday. He refused to answer any questions about the lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed says the brothers knew, or should have known, that minors would assume that products, being sold legally, were safe and that known and intended uses included smoking or otherwise inhaling smoke from burning the product. The suit claims that had it not been for the negligence and willful and wanton misconduct of the defendants, Chase Burnett would be alive today.

"We just want kids be aware that we are not invincible.  We are a family just like your family.  Please don't ever think that it can't happen to you because it can happen to you," Yvette Burnett said.

The Om brothers are reportedly no longer connected with the BP station in Peachtree City where Chase allegedly bought the Spice.
 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Summit at City Hall on police-community relations

    Summit at City Hall on police-community relations

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:20:15 GMT
    Ways to improve the relationship between the NYPD and communities in New York City was at the center of a forum held Thursday at City Hall. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Rev. Al Sharpton, city officials and community leaders attended the round-table. Accusations of police brutality and the death of a man under arrest for selling un-taxed cigarettes on Staten Island prompted the discussion.
    Ways to improve the relationship between the NYPD and communities in New York City was at the center of a forum held Thursday at City Hall. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Rev. Al Sharpton, city officials and community leaders attended the round-table. Accusations of police brutality and the death of a man under arrest for selling un-taxed cigarettes on Staten Island prompted the discussion.
  • Workers trapped in trench collapse

    Workers trapped in trench collapse

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:19:38 GMT
    Two construction workers were rescued from a collapsed trench outside a home in Rye, N.Y. on Thursday.  Firefighters from across Westchester County responded to the scene at 15 Bradford Ave. at about noon.
    Two construction workers were rescued from a collapsed trench outside a home in Rye, N.Y. on Thursday.  Firefighters from across Westchester County responded to the scene at 15 Bradford Ave. at about noon.
  • Woman plunges to death over cliff in Catskills

    Woman plunges to death over cliff in Catskills

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:57:07 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    Authorities say a 23-year-old woman trying to take a picture by the edge of a cliff in the Catskill Mountains died after falling more than 150 feet.
    Authorities say a 23-year-old woman trying to take a picture by the edge of a cliff in the Catskill Mountains died after falling more than 150 feet.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices