May 27, 2023 | 9:00 p.m
Nguyet Le with her son, Nguyen Le, who worked with her at Arby’s and discovered her body in the freezer, the family said.
Attorney Paul Skrabanek
A Louisiana woman who died after she was trapped in the walk-in freezer of an Arby’s was a widowed mother of four on a temporary assignment for the fast food chain, according to a report.
Nguyet Le, 63, worked as an Arby’s general manager and was opening the restaurant in New Iberia, La., about 30 minutes south of Lafayette, when he somehow got stuck inside the freezer on May 11 “and beat the his hands were bloody while trying to escape. or get someone’s attention,” his family said in a lawsuit filed this week.
Le normally works at a Houston Arby’s but moved for a month at the company’s request, McClatchy News Service said. The Louisiana assignment was then extended.
No foul play is suspected in Le’s death, his lawyers said in a news releasewhich noted that the temperature inside the freezer is likely to be from 5 to -20 degrees.
It is unclear how long Le was inside the freezer before he was found. He died of hypothermia, and was in the freezer for so long that he “fell into a fetal position facing the frozen floor,” the outlet said, citing court documents.
Le’s body was discovered by his son, Nguyen who also worked at Arby’s and moved to Louisiana with his mother.
A former employee told the family that the freezer door latch had been broken for months, McClatchy reported.