The daughter of Boston Opera Company co-founder Randall Kulunis yesterday filed a negligence suit that alleges her father might have lived had he not got stuck in the elevator of his Allston condo building for half an hour with EMTs who were trying to get him to the hospital after he fell ill.
Her suit on behalf of herself and other heirs and filed yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, names Stanley Elevator, 533 Cambridge Street Condominium and R. Brown Partners, Inc.
Kulunis, who started the opera company with his brother Robert, was 65 when he "suffered a medical emergency" in his second-floor condo and called 911 on May 27, 2020, according to the suit. EMTs came, loaded him on a gurney and into the building elevator.
And then, the suit continues, the elevator got stuck.
It was 30 minutes before Boston firefighters arrived and cracked open the door, letting EMTs get Kulunis out and into an ambulance for the one-mile ride to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, the suit alleges. He died the next day.
As a result of Defendants' gross negligence, Decedent was delayed in receiving necessary medical care, resulting in his death.
The suit says none of this would have happened had Stanley properly maintained the elevator it installed or if the condo trust and R. Brown Partners, contracted to manage the building, had either paid more attention or warned residents the elevator was in bad shape.
On Sept. 11, 2020, WHDH reported the elevator had repeatedly malfunctioned - and that Boston Fire Department records showed firefighters had been called to the building seven times in two years to rescue people from it when it got stuck between floors.
The suit seeks $3 million in damages, plus costs and attorneys' fees.