Student’s family sues for wrongful death
By 02/08/2007 00:00:00
WAXAHACHIE - Felipa Hernandez, the mother of 18-year-old Jesus Hernandez, the Waxahachie High School student who lost his life on a class outing April 21, 2006, has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence in his death against the North Texas District Council Assemblies of God which owns the camp facility where the death occurred.
The suit states, 'In The suit states, 'In only a couple of months, he would enter Army boot camp and begin taking the steps to improve his life and care for his family back home.'
However, what was supposed to be a day of celebration and happiness quickly turned into a day of tragedy when Jesus Hernandez died at the all too young age of 18.'
The trip was filled with activities, including the use of a lake and water equipment known as the 'Blob.'
The device was meant to be jumped on as one slid into the lake.
According to court documents, this was what was happening when the incident occurred.
The lawsuit notes Hernandez jumped onto the Blob like his friends before him, but didn't make it out of the water after he slid through.
In the suit, the plaintiff alleges negligence on the part of the camp in failing to provide a lifeguard, safety equipment, access to equipment, failure to prevent access to the lake and the Blob and to properly supervise activities at the lake.
The trip to Lakeview Camp was voluntary and approximately 160 seniors went with 10 chaperones, staff members and bus drivers.
Hernandez played football for the high school and was a two-year letterman on the varsity squad.
He also participated in the power-lifting program and was on the track team.
The mother seeks damages for emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of companionship, along with incurred funeral expenses and suffered loss of service.