The mother of a Queens woman killed by a downed power line during Hurricane Sandy has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Con Edison.
Lauren Abraham stepped on the wire after walking out of her Richmond Hill home.
Lawyers say neighbors watched helplessly as she died, unable to try to save her because the wire was still live.
They say Con Ed is to blame because they did not properly take care of their lines.
"If 50-something mile-per-hour wind gusts came and all wires came down, Queens would be full of downed wires," said Douglas Wigdor, a founding partner of Thompson Wigdor LLP. "So there had to be a reason that caused that wire to fall at 56-degree winds, and those wires shouldn't be falling down at those levels of wind."
Con Ed, meanwhile, says that Abraham's death was a tragedy caused by the storm and that the matter will be addressed in court.