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Deutsche Bank and Domino’s Pizza Sued in $15M Boston Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Pizza Delivery Man’s Death

The family of 58-year-old delivery man who was murdered in 2010 is trying to hold Domino’s Pizza and Deutsche Bank liable for his Boston wrongful death. Nova was dispatched by a franchisee of Domino’s to a broken down residential structure on September 1, 2010. Deutsche Bank owns that property.

Nova, a father of three was stabbed 16 times after he entered the building. His assailants also robbed him of $143, as well as stole the pizzas, chicken wings, and drinks that the murderers had ordered.

In their Boston wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiffs contend that a a co-worker at Domino’s responded in the affirmative when the people placing the order tasked if Nova would be carrying cash. The co-worker also did not confirm the callback number, which the family believes increased the chances of an assault crime happening. They say that sending Nova to the back of the building where no one could see him also placed him at risk. Per the family’s Boston injury lawyer, Domino’s didn’t have in place addressing security for delivery drivers and that this was a “proximate cause” of Richel Nova’s assault, false imprisonment, and murder.

The civil complaint accuses Deutsche of negligent security. The building, which had been vacant for the two years before Nova’s death, did not have any Do Not Trespass signs.

Meantime, three people have confessed to the murders. They have, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder.

Boston Wrongful Death
As you can see, with this Boston wrongful death complaint, the family is suing two parties. Domino’s, which is accused of failing to provide adequate security and the necessary safety protocols for delivery drivers, and Deutsche Bank, as the premise owner of the property where the crime occurred. While both parties played no direct role in Nova’s murder, the plaintiffs contend that the defendants’ negligence allowed for his death to occur.

Domino’s Pizza and Deutsche Bank sued for $15 million by family of murdered pizza delivery man, Boston.com, October 26, 2011
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino suggests ‘torture’ for pizza delivery murder suspects, AP/Mass Live, September 23, 2010

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