Responding to a lawsuit’s allegations that Crist Mortuary employees dropped the casket of a 20-year-old Boulder High School graduate on the day of his funeral, letting his body roll onto the pavement, the mortuary’s general manager apologized Wednesday.
“We made a mistake,” said Michael Greenwood, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with the Boulder mortuary. “I do apologize for that and have apologized to the parents.”
The father of a Boulder man has filed suit against Dignity Memorial Provider (NYSE:SCI) Crist Mortuary, the funeral home that handled the service, claiming funeral employees dropped the casket and his son’s body rolled out onto the ground.
Phillip Maldonado also claims in a lawsuit filed Friday in Boulder District Court that the dropping prior to the wake and open casket viewing caused fluids to leak out of Alex Maldonado’s body, staining the casket lid and shirt of the deceased.
“With Mr. Maldonado watching, according to the suit, the casket went crashing to the cement ground, its lid opened suddenly, and Alex’s body tumbled out and fell directly onto its face directly in front of Mr. Maldonado.”