• May 21, 2006

Ronald Mathias and Robert Anderson Killed by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Austin, TX

According to recent news reports from Austin Texas 60-year-old Ronald Mathias and 65-year-old Robert Anderson died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning on Wednesday Jan. 26 at a duplex located at 2405 Ventura Drive. Per the City of Austin the duplex was converted to house more renters illegally. Detectives with the Austin Police Homicide division initially determined that no criminal activity or gross negligence occurred but code compliance officers were contacted to investigate the matter. The code compliance officers cited Rosemary Follis the propertys owner with nine structural maintenance and land use violations including failure to have a furnace inspected and failure to request permits to transform the building into 13 single-bedroom apartments. Follis has cooperated with code compliance officers and fines are not currently being considered.

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Should negligent behavior by a person or entity be suspected of being a contributing factor to this fatal accident an alleged negligent party may be held civilly liable for the results of their behavior. Often when the cause or causes of a fatal accident are unclear an independent investigation may be conducted that will perform a thorough search into the accident site and the issues surrounding the accident. Through such a third-party investigation the cause or causes of the accident might be discovered in addition to the identification of any possible liable parties which could include a property owner a parts manufacturer or another entity not known about at the time of the news report.

- Austin Wrongful Death Attorney Michael Grossman

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