Father Sues Universal Orlando and Loews Hotels After Son’s Suicidal 17-Story Jump from Universal’s Aventura Hotel
The father of a 27-year-old who jumped 17 stories to his death at Universal’s Aventura Hotel last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit last week against multiple organizations, including Universal Orlando and Loews Corp.
Alfred Bahna, the father of Matthew Bahna, sued for more than $30,000 in Orange Circuit Court. Matthew Bahna, 27, died after jumping from the Bar 17 Bistro at the top of the currently-closed Aventura Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort.
In the lawsuit, Alfred Bahna accuses employees of serving Matthew enough alcohol that he was “intoxicated to the extent that his normal faculties and judgment were substantially and significantly impaired.”
Matthew, who stood at 5 feet and 3 inches, was served tall drinks over a 90-minute period. Matthew stayed at the bar past midnight, but employees neglected to monitor him as he acted suspiciously, according to the lawsuit. He also attempted to scale the perimeter wall. Right after 12:30 AM and following three attempts, Matthew fell to his death, according to a report from an Orlando police detective.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal, Loews, and the Bahna’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.
If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.