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L.A. Officials Question Raves After Electric Daisy Carnival Death, Injuries

Los Angeles area doctors and the city's mayor are questioning the use of publicly owned facilities like the L..A. Coliseum for concerts and rave events, in the aftermath of the death of a 15-year old girl and hundreds of injuries at a massive event last weekend.

The 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival drew more than 180,000 people over two days to a dance music festival featuring primarily DJs, including Moby, Deadmau5, Basement Jaxx, Swedish House Mafia and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, among many others.

According to the Los Angeles Times, because of the size of the event, paramedics were stationed at an on-site command post and over the two days, 226 injuries were reported, 114 of which required attention at hospitals.

A 15-year old girl died Tuesday from injuries related to a drug overdose, with Fox 11 News reporting that the girl's family today decided to remove her from life support after she hadn't shown signs of life since being admitted to a hospital over the weekend.

According to a report in the L.A. Weekly, the Coliseum's commission was called to to a special meeting to review whether promoters of such events have undertaken proper heath and safety precautions.

"On behalf of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, I express our dismay and deep sadness on the death of the young woman who attended the Electric Daisy Carnival,'' Barry A. Sanders, president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission said. "We send our sincere condolences to her family."

Cathy Chidester, director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Systems agency, told the L.A. Times that officials treat raves at the Coliseum like a "multi-casualty incident," which she said was similar to planning for a disaster like the Chatsworth Metrolink train crash, which killed 25 and left more than 130 others injured.

Dr. Marc Futernick, medical director of emergency services at California Hospital Medical Center, called it "unconscionable" for a publicly owned facility like the Coliseum to host raves.

"I don't know why our elected...leaders would allow these activities to take place," Futernick said.

The city's mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, responded by telling a local news outlet that "We're going to have to assess whether or not these events will occur in the future."

Electric Daisy Carnival was produced and promoted by Pasquale Rotella, whose Insomniac, Inc. stages big raves and events in dozens of cities, including upcoming Southern California events Audiotistic, Nocturnal Festival on September 25, Together As One on New Years Eve 2010 with 50,000 attendants and in 2011 Beyond Wonderland with 40,000 attendants, according to the event's promotional materials.