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Summerlin Shops lawsuit filed by Lovett family against Hughes

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Updated: 2/19 8:47 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The family of Mark Lovett, a safety inspector killed after falling 22 feet at the Shops at Summerlin construction site, filed a lawsuit against the Howard Hughes Corporation today.

His family says Lovett fell because of the company's negligence.

News 3 has received photos the family plans to use as evidence that indicates workers were ordered to make the scene appear as if it were the victim’s fault for falling.

The photos were provided by the law firm representing the Lovett family.

News 3 cannot verify if the photos are genuine, but if they are, they bolster the Lovett’s family case that while their son lay dying, workers tampered with the scene of the accident.

“Someone didn’t do what they were supposed to do,” Carolyn Lovett said, adding that when her son Mark arrived at the Shops at Summerlin, nobody told him a section of a walkway had been cut in three directions.

“There was nothing to mark it off -- no tape, no rope. Nothing,” Carolyn Lovett said.

Photos obtained by News 3 show the area Lovett stepped on, which caved in below him. The fall didn’t kill Carolyn Lovett’s son immediately—and she says he suffered for 30 minutes.

“While my son was lying there dying, the people that was responsible for it went up and started running the yellow tape to make it look like my son had went across and killed himself,” Lovett said.

In that moment, Carolynn Lovett says, a group of her son’s peers pulled out their cell phone and began snapping photo evidence.

Those photos show what will be a major talking point in the Lovett’s case against the Howard Hughes Corporation, VCC Contractors, Titan, Martin Ironworks and others—that a cover up attempt happened while Mark Lovett lay gagging on his own blood.

The Howard Hughes Corporation said they are sorry for what happened. VCC contractors are not commenting. Martin Ironworks is blaming what they call a shotgun approach in a litigation society.

Others named in the lawsuit are not commenting.

Carolyn Lovett says she wants a jury trial and justice for her son.

“This is not about money so that someone else doesn’t have to suffer,” Lovett said. “This is about loss to protect someone like my son.”

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