Negligence Suit FIled After Drownings ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Friday, April 3, 2009

Negligence Suit FIled After Drownings

Marshaun Williams has filed a negligence suit after the drowning of three students during a leadership retreat on the Fox River last November. The suit alleges that the school, the camp and those running the program didn’t provide proper supervision. On Nov. 14, 2008, 16 of 31 students chosen from the school to attend a campground retreat in suburban Algonquin snuck out of bed after 1 a.m. to cross the Fox River using paddle boats. But they didn't know the cork-size plugs under the boats had been removed to prepare the boats for winter and the paddle boats began taking in water. Jimmy Avant, 18; Melvin Choice III, 17 and Adrian Jones, 16, were killed in the drowning accident. The ten-count suit — which claims negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and willful and wanton conduct against each defendant — seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

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