Huge news in the Charleston area, and more specifically across the Harbor in Mt. Pleasant, where one of the Howell and Christmas, LLC offices is located, surrounding the wrongful death of a former Wando High School football star who died in his first voluntary workout at Western Carolina University. Your attorneys in Charleston learned of this tragic event back in the summer of 2009, but this week the family of the 20-year-old defensive back filed a wrongful death suit against members of the Western Carolina coaching staff. Named defendants in the lawsuit include the University's athletic director, head coach, defensive coordinator, head athletic trainer, and former strength coach.
According to the lawsuit, said defendants breached their duty to the young player in failing to "develop policies and procedures to safely train and condition athletes with the sickle cell trait." According to the Post and Courier, the suit seeks a sum in excess of $10,000 and further alleges ""information about sickle cell trait and exertional sickling was available to all ... defendants, who chose to ignore it." The wrongful death suit was filed back in January in Jackson County, North Carolina.
In defendant's response to the claim, they acknowledge that the player's mother disclosed that he had the sickle cell trait in questionnaire filled out in 2008, but the response denies all other allegations.
The young player was a recent transfer from Georgia Military College, and while at Wando High School here in Mt. Pleasant, he was a North-South All-Star and an All-Lowcountry Player.