The family of a 15-year-old student athlete who died after being hit by a golf cart while he volunteered at a high school-sponsored football camp recently reached a million dollar settlement agreement, thus avoiding a trial. The recreational camp in Elizabeth City was open to community members and high school athletes were assisting the coach on the day of the fatal accident. According to his deposition in the lawsuit, the varsity football coach requested that some student athletes use the cart to bring some water coolers off of the football field and move them to the gym.
The teenagers then drove straight towards a group of kids on the field going about 20 mph. Most of the group darted to one side to avoid the impending collision. One boy went the other way just as the driver went in the same direction, running over him and causing severe brain trauma. According to the petition for damages, the teen died as a result of his injuries. His parents filed suit, alleging negligence on the part of the driver, coach and school administration, saying a lack of supervision on the field by the coaches led to their son's death. As the school had no official policy that prohibited minors from operating motorized equipment owned by the school, they allege that the school was also responsible.
No parent can ever be truly monetarily compensated for the loss of a beloved child. However, the possibility of civil litigation being filed for negligence is a deterrent to carelessness and irresponsible behavior that can cause permanent injuries and even death to innocent parties.
Source: PR Web, "Elizabeth City Personal Injury Lawyers Obtain 1 Million Dollar Settlement for Student-Athlete's Brain Injury Wrongful Death Case" Jul. 07, 2014