Philadelphia building collapse survivor who lost legs files lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA - August 20, 2013

An adjacent building being demolished collapsed on the thrift store in June, killing six and injuring 13 others.

A demolition subcontractor is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Lawsuits over the collapse are on hold amid a criminal investigation.

But a lawyer for the woman, Mariya Plekan, wants to preserve her testimony because of the gravity of her injuries and the delay expected before trial.

Lawyer Andrew Stern says the 52-year-old Plekan also suffered organ damage and remains hospitalized. But he says her mind is sound.

A spokeswoman says the Alexandria, Va.,-based Salvation Army has no immediate comment.

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