The U.S. Coast Guard scheduled a hearing in early September in the case of an eight-year-old boy who was killed in a collision with a Coast Guard cutter, according to San Diego’s Channel 10 News.
The three Coast Guard petty officers involved in the San Diego boat accident have been charged with various offenses, including involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, aggravated assault, and dereliction of duty. During the hearing, the court will review the evidence and decide whether the case should proceed to trial.
The boy, a resident of Rancho Penasquitos, was aboard a boat in San Diego Bay with three families, who had ridden into the bay to watch the annual Parade of Lights. After the Coast Guard cutter collided with the families’ boat, the boy was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive his injuries. A four-year-old boy who was also on board had his skull fractured in the crash, but is recovering from his injuries.
Some boat accidents in San Diego result in both criminal and civil cases. While the government is responsible for bringing a criminal case, a family who has lost a loved one or a victim who has suffered injury may bring a civil case to seek compensation from those responsible for the victim’s injuries.
Experienced San Diego boating accident lawyer Steven Elia can help families who face medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with personal injury cases. He will protect your rights and help you hold negligent parties accountable for the damage they’ve caused. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boat accident, please call Steven Elia today at 619-444-2244 for a free and confidential case evaluation.
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