SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A valet parking attendant at the Scottsdale W Hotel enabled a felon to take a joyride in someone else’s Porsche, which led to a crash that killed a young boy, according to the boy’s family.
Now that family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hotel, the valet company, and the attendant.
Authorities said John Morken was high on pills when he crashed the Porsche into an SUV carrying a family home from a Thanksgiving visit in 2012.
Edgar Velasquez, 14, was killed.
A jury convicted Morken of second-degree murder.
Morken, according to the lawsuit filed this week, allegedly recounted to a friend how he convinced the attendant to give him the car, which belonged to a doctor who had checked into the hotel.
“[I] walked out [of the lobby] just like I left my room, went to the valet and said, ‘Give me the Porsche, man!’ [The attendant] goes, ‘What’s your name?’ and I said, ‘Give me the Porsche man, let’s go!’ He whipped me the keys, I gave him three bucks and walked out.”
Velasquez’ family says the attendant, identified in the lawsuit as Daniel Casey, violated the valet company’s policy by not verifying whether Morken owned the car.
The suit claims negligence on behalf of the owner of the W Scottsdale, Triyar Hospitality Scottsdale, the valet company, American Valet, and Casey.
A message left at Triyar’s office was not returned, no one answered a business-hours visit to American Valet in Phoenix, and a phone number could not be found for Mr. Casey.