Family of Nia Wilson files lawsuit against BART in her death

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The family of Nia Wilson and their attorney held a press conference Friday announcing a lawsuit against BART in her death.

On July 22, the 18-year-old was stabbed to death at the MacArthur BART Station.

Wilson and her sister were on a BART platform boarding a train when they were attacked.

John Cowell has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

The lawsuit alleges “BART failed to meet the duty of common carriers to provide riders with the highest standard of care.”

BART police called it an “unprovoked, unwarranted, vicious attack.”

The lawsuit claims Cowell, who was arrested later the next day while riding a BART train in Pleasanton, “should never have been permitted to enter the BART system, he should have been stopped at the turnstile on Sunday and on Monday, and his crime was foreseeable and preventable.”

BART police officials also said Cowell had a history of fare evasion in the past.

According to the law firm, public records show more than 22,000 illegally enter BART daily, costing over $25 million in lost revenue a year.

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