Teen dies after being struck by personal watercraft

The summer months provide excellent opportunities to be on the waterways. It is imperative that anyone who is participating in these activities use proper safety precautions because human lives depend on it. In Tennessee, there have been 16 deaths on waterways this year.

A recent fatal accident involving a personal watercraft is proof of the need to practice safe operation of all watercraft. This death was the third this year involving a personal watercraft in this state.

An 18-year-old male was swimming with his friends near a boat when tragedy struck. He was hit by another teen who was on a personal watercraft. That was Saturday evening. His body wasn’t recovered until the Sunday morning.

The person who was operating the personal watercraft wasn’t immediately known, and the accident was initially classifed as a hit-and-run accident. A female teen’s father owned the watercraft and took it to a lake house. Eventually, authorities determined that an 18-year-old male was the operator. The accident is now under investigation.

The teen who died leaves behind a brother, parents, grandparents, and other family members who will have to deal with having only his memory. They have planned his funeral services in line with their Catholic faith.

Families who are coping with a tragic loss such as this one might decide that they want to take action so their loved one’s death wasn’t in vain. Seeking compensation can help to fill that need to do something. By taking the person, or parties, who caused the fatal accident to court, those left behind can hold the right party/parties accountable and try to recoup some of the monetary damages caused by their loved one’s death.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, “Funeral services set for Knoxville teen killed in Fort Loudoun Lake accident,” Aug. 08, 2016