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The family of a man who died when his car plunged into the icy waters off the coast of Jersey City after a night of New Year’s Eve partying has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, The Jersey Journal is reporting.

The suit filed by the family of Mark Pych, 22, names the Downtown bar where he drank that night, the owner of the parking lot where his car went to the Morris Canal early on January 1, 2014 and Jersey City and two of its agencies as defendants.

Pych, of Jersey City, drove his Nissan Altima over a deteriorating bulkhead at a ferry landing at the south end of Marin Boulevard and into the water at 3:30 a.m. The lawsuit accuses employees of the Powerhouse Lounge on Marin Boulevard of continuing to serve Pych alcohol even though they should have realized he was intoxicated. And they “carelessly and negligently” allowed him to leave the lounge while drunk and he died after losing control of his car, the lawsuit alleges.

As a result, Pych was “severely and critically injured, sustained severe bodily injury so as to cause him to suffer great pain of mind and body, and, significant conscious pain and suffering up until he died as a result of drowning,” the complaint says.

The lawsuit says Liberty Harbor Holdings, the owner of the parking lot, was careless and negligent for failing to erect and maintain a barrier at the waterline that could “withstand the shock and stresses to which they would normally be subjected to by vehicles using the premises, and which shall be of such height as to engage the bumper of a motor vehicle …”

Peter Mocco, of Liberty Harbor Holdings, said today that “It was a sad day and it’s a loss for the family. I have nothing more to say than that.”

Finally, the lawsuit names as defendants Jersey City, the city’s Department of Code Enforcement and the city Building Department, alleging they carelessly, recklessly and negligently allowed Liberty Harbor Holdings to operate the parking lot without a barrier at the waterline as mandated by code.

The 11-count suit was filed by Pych’s estate and by his mother, Maria Pych; his father, Wieslaw Pych, and his sister and the administratrix of his estate, Bernadette Pych.

By January 2, 2014, a concrete barrier had been erected at the waterline where Pych drove into the canal. Pych was extricated from the vehicle, which was then removed from the canal using a crane. Family members watched as Pych and the car were taken away.

The suit seeks compensatory damages, attorney fees, interest and costs of the suit, and other relief as the court may deem equitable and just. It does not name a dollar figure.

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