Festival organizers deny liability for Mt. Pleasant woman's death

Nicole Miller (Source: Facebook)
Nicole Miller (Source: Facebook)

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP/WBTV) - Producers of a festival in West Virginia deny responsibility for an accident that killed one South Carolina woman and injured two others.

Nicole Miller, 20, of Mt. Pleasant was in a small tent at the All Good Music Festival with two friends when a truck ran over them in mid-July.

Miller was killed and 20-year-old Elizabeth Doran and 21-year-old Yen Ton were seriously hurt.

Maryland-based Walther Productions filed its responses to a lawsuit this week in federal court.

In the incident, a pickup rolled down a steep slope at Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown and crashed into the women's tent. Both survivors and the dead woman's father have sued more than a dozen defendants for negligence.

The Dominion Post newspaper says Walther has filed cross-claims against its co-defendants, including Virginia-based security provider Event Staffing Inc.

Walther says Event Staffing should be held responsible because it had a duty to control any potentially dangerous situations.

In its own court filings, Event Staffing denies any wrongdoing and is seeking dismissal.

Miller was a 2010 graduate of Wando High School.

After graduating from Wando High, she then continued her education at Trident Technical College. TTC says she was an associate of culinary arts student and had completed two semesters at the school.

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