Family of Teen Killed in South Carolina Boating Accident Sues Boat Owners


May 14, 2019

CHARLESTON, SC. – According to a news report published online at live5news.com, the family of a teen who was killed in a South Carolina boating accident is suing the boat’s owners. The accident occurred in 2018 near a boat landing on the Stono River and caused the death of a 17-year-old boy.*

According to the Live 5 news report, the accident happened on August 11, 2018. Several teenage boys were on a boat on the Stono River in Charleston County, South Carolina, and traveled to a sandbar by the Limehouse boat landing. The boat was then somehow involved in an accident that caused one of the boys to fall into the water.

Two days after the accident, authorities recovered the body of a 17-year-old boy. He was reportedly a student at Porter-Gaud. It is not clear from the news report whether anyone else was injured in the accident. 

The family of the victim has now filed a lawsuit against the driver of the boat and the driver’s parents. The lawsuit alleges that the driver was acting recklessly in leaving the sandbar and made a maneuver that caused the victim to fall overboard. The lawsuit says the victim was killed when he was run off by the skiff after falling into the water.

The lawsuit, which seeks punitive damages on top of actual damages, alleges that the driver’s parents were negligent in allowing their son to use the boat when he was not appropriately trained on how to operate it. The suit is pending in Charleston County court, and at the time of the Live 5 report, the defendants had not filed a responsive pleading. 

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Source:https://www.live5news.com/2019/05/10/family-porter-gaud-student-who-died-accident-sues-boat-owners/

Category: Personal Injury

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