TheSun-Herald is reporting that the father of a ten year old girl who died last week as a result of a mishap while riding an inter-tube on the Jourdan River has filed suit against the driver of the boat:
An attorney for the father of a Waveland girl who was killed in a boating accident on the Jourdan River last week has filed a lawsuit, claiming that 10-year-old Madison Karno died because of negligence by the boat’s operator.
The Defendant is Dr. Rowe Crowder of Bay St. Louis. Tim Holleman of Gulfport filed the action. According to the article this is how the accident happened:
State officials said Crowder was at the wheel of the boat on July 3 when Madison Karno and an older companion were thrown off a flotation device being pulled behind the boat along the river.
The accident remains under investigation by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. A department spokesman said this week the tragedy occurred when the boat piloted by Crowder apparently crossed a sandbar, hit roots or stumps in the river, and the flotation device veered out of control. Karno died after she was flung from the float and struck an obstacle near the river.
The child’s parents are divorced. Sometimes a family split in a death case leads to a "race to the courthouse" to file a lawsuit, which appears possible given the speed of the filing of the lawsuit. Of course, there are also other reasons to file suit quickly.
Growing up on the Coast my father would not let his kids ride a tube. He insisted that we use a water ski because you could control the direction of a ski, but not a tube. It’s too bad that kids are grown before they can appreciate their parents’ wisdom.