Mother of 6-year-old sues Lake Compounce over son's death
28 July 2001
Associated Press Newswires
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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - The mother of a 6-year-old Hartford boy who died
last year at an amu***t park waterslide is suing for negligence.
Kyia Alexander, a New York resident, said carelessness by Kennywood
Entertainment Inc., the owner of the Lake Compounce amu***t park in
Bristol, caused unsafe conditions that led to the death of Deven
Alexander on July 1, 2000.
"She's undergone a trauma that no one should have to go through," said
Andrew Finkelstein, the Newburgh, N.Y., lawyer who represents
Alexander. "It was an accident that did not have to happen had they
taken basic precautions. The things they did and failed to do cost the
child his life."
The lawsuit, filed in Hartford Superior Court, seeks more than $15,000
Richard Bisi, a spokesman for Lake Compounce, rejected the
"We believe Lake Compounce and its employees acted responsibly," he
Deven died six days after he was swept beneath a floating dock. His
inner tube flipped at the bottom of the "Lake Plunge" waterslide.
The lawsuit says the park's ride restrictions were inadequate and it
failed to require life jackets or acknowledge that Deven was not tall
enough to use the ride safely.
Two others have been killed at the park since 1999.
Wilfredo Martinez, a maintenance worker at the park, died last month
after he was struck by a roller coaster.
Matthew Henne of Southington, a 16-year-old ride attendant, died in
August 1999 after he fell beneath a ride.