Attorneys representing critically injured driver Anthony Coletta and his family reportedly were granted an order from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Thursday morning that will allow them access to Harrah's Philadelphia and conduct a forensic investigation of the racetrack surface. Coletta suffered numerous fractures and brain and skull injuries as a result of the accident that occurred on Nov. 17, 2013.
According to a press release by the law firm of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky P.C., Coletta's parents-guardians, Alfred and Rosemary Coletta, turned to the law firm on behalf of their son. The press release stated they will use "all legal means necessary” to determine what caused the accident, hold those responsible fully accountable for their actions, and ensure that no other drivers and their horses are put at risk.
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission last week suspended racing at the track, noting in its order that it took the action "after having requested specific information from Harrah's Philadelphia regarding its proposed plan to address race track surface issues on numerous occasions and having received no substantive information….”
Harrah's Philadelphia did not object to the motion. The law firm was given a Feb. 21 deadline to inspect the track. (with files from Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky P.C. release)