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Parents seek damages for dead son with wrongful death suit

The death of a 17-year-old male in Pennsylvania has spawned a lawsuit that names several defendants. According to authorities, the 17-year-old died after he was involved as a passenger in a drunk driving accident. The wrongful death suit alleges that a teenage female, her father, the now-18-year-old driver of the vehicle, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Nemacolin Woodlands Inc. are responsible for the teen's death. The suit was filed by the parents of the deceased.

According to reports, the female teenager named as a defendant regularly hosted parties at home she shared with her father where underage teens would be given alcohol. The then-15-year-old female allegedly provided rum and whiskey to the attendants of the party on Sept. 10, 2011. According to the suit, her father was home when the underage teenagers began to arrive at the party. In addition, the filing alleges that he knew that the teenagers would be consuming alcohol and did nothing to stop it.

Eventually, the man's daughter and now-deceased male left with a then-17-year-old male and three others to go drink on the property of the aforementioned resort. There, they reportedly consumed alcohol at a location dubbed the "tree house" before deciding to go swimming at a pool belonging to the resort. The group of individuals got into a 2006 Honda Civic to drive to the pool.

The now-18-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle on Hardy Boulevard when he reportedly failed to correctly maneuver the vehicle on a sharp curve. The car left the road and hit a tree head-on. During the impact, a male passenger was thrown from the vehicle and sustained major head trauma. He was in the back seat of the Honda Civic when he was ejected. Five days later, he died at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Claims of wrongful death and negligence have been made against each of the parties named as defendants. The parents are seeking more than $50,000 for each of the eight counts in the suit.

Source: WPXI, "Parents sue Joe Hardy, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for son's death," Oct. 31, 2012

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