Bel-Air Bay Club Sued in Member's Death

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A woman whose son was a member of the Bel-Air Bay Club sued the venue today, alleging the staff was negligent when no employee called 911 or gave him medical aid for three hours after he suffered heat exposure that proved fatal.

Katherine Keck's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges wrongful death and negligence by the Pacific Palisades venue in the Sept. 3, 2017, death of her son, 48-year-old William M. Keck III of Marina del Rey. She is seeking unspecified damages. A Bel-Air Bay Club representative did not immediately return a call for comment.

According to the complaint, Keck III laid down on a locker room bench about 2 p.m. after he became ill. An attendant then moved the bench to make room for Keck on the floor, the suit states. Club employees and attendants observed and interacted with Keck III during the next three hours as his condition worsened, but no one called 911 until another club member entered the locker room about 5 p.m. and demanded that someone do so, according to the complaint.

Keck III, a commercial real estate broker, was taken to UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, where he died about 6 p.m., the suit states. Club employees had a duty of care to Keck III as a club member to recognize his symptoms and his worsening condition and to get him medical aid sooner, the suit alleges.

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