The situation with shipping Jose Montalvo’s body to Mexico has a new snag. Widow Maria Sanchez doesn't have the money right now to pay off the $13,000 in total expenses covering everything from funeral expenses and for transporting the body; workman's comp only covered $3500. Sanchez's attorney Eric Altman said the funeral home in Mexico told him if they didn't receive almost $3,500 by 5:00 p.m. Friday, they wouldn't pick up the body from the airport. The funeral director in Sumter, South Carolina agreed to send Montalvo's body to Mexico without being paid up front on good faith he'll be reimbursed. However, upon hearing of the issues about picking up Montalvo's body, they decided not to send it. Sanchez’s attorney Eric Altman said a Lee Construction spokesperson and attorney told him Lee will not help pay any expenses. “Sometimes companies will just step up and help out." Montalvo was working for Lee Construction on the new Oak Island bridge when a tragic accident took his life. Not in this case, leaving a widow needing all the help she can get. Emerson Thompson, the lawyer for Lee Construction, had no comment. This story has generated a lot of discussion on our website. Several people questioned why Altman didn't advance his client the money for the funeral. Under North Carolina law, he can't. He said he would lend Sanchez the money if he could.
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