Denver, CO – The online marketplace Letgo is facing a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado after two people were murdered while attempting to buy a car they had found through the app. According to the lawsuit filed in a federal court in April, the company was negligent because it allowed the killer to become a “verified seller” using a fake name and despite his criminal history.
The tragedy happened in August 2020, when Colorado residents Joseph Roland and his wife, Jossline, decided to buy a car for their teenage daughter. They found a Toyota RAV4 on Letgo and agreed to meet the seller in a parking lot near a mall in the Denver suburb of Aurora. They had every reason to believe it was safe to do so as the guy, James Worthy, was advertised by a “verified seller”. They had no way of knowing that Worthy was in fact an 18-year-old named Kyree Brown, with a criminal record and the car had been stolen a few days before.
Brown told the couple he had accidentally brought the wrong vehicle title and convinced them to meet him elsewhere. Still trusting that the offer was legit, the Rolands followed the guy to the other location where a Brown pulled out a gun intending to rob them of the $3,000 they had brought to pay for the car. When Joseph Roland tried to wrestle the gun from Brown’s hand, the young man shot them both.
Brown was arrested about two weeks after the shooting and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
“What was supposed to be a brief and safe transaction through Letgo — turned into a tragic nightmare,” according to the lawsuit.
Shortly after the murders, Letgo was incorporated into a similar app, OfferUp, so both companies have been named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges the death of Joseph and Jossline Roland was caused by the company’s negligence. As it emerged, all it takes to become a “verified seller” on Letgo is to have a valid email address. Even a child can manage to get an email address in a matter of minutes.
In addition to negligence, Letgo and OfferUp are also accused of fraud, misrepresentation, and deceptive and unfair trade practices.
When can you file a wrongful death lawsuit in Denver?
To file a wrongful death lawsuit, your attorneys will have to prove that your loved one was killed because of the other party’s negligence. You have two years to file this type of lawsuit. Under Colorado law, only certain direct relatives can file a wrongful death lawsuit. During the first year following the death, it is the surviving spouse that can file a wrongful death lawsuit. During the second year, the children or parents of the deceased are also allowed to file such a claim.
If someone you loved was recently killed in an accident caused by negligence, you should contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer at the Bryan&Terrill law firm to see what sort of damages your family is entitled to.
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Englewood, CO 80110
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