A young man who was a resident at a group home drown while on an outing with counselors. The counselors had taken several boys to play in a river as a reward for good behavior. As the boys walked down the river, playing as they went, the counselors walked along a road running parallel to the river. Between the river and the road were thick woods which dramatically limited the counselor’s ability to monitor the boys as they walked down the river. Additionally, although the river was not deep, it had loud rapids at spots that made hearing difficult.
As the boys reached the end exit spot in the river and met up with the counselors, they noted that the young man was missing. A search then and law enforcement was called. The young man, unfortunately, was found drown near a rapid.
An investigation determined that the counselors had violated several rules of the home, including rules that required them stay within a certain distance of their charges and to maintain visual contact at all times. The wrongful death case settled for $750,000.00.