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Parents Sue after California Girl Dies in Jet Ski Accident

Earlier this month, a 16-year-old-girl died while in vacation in Hawaii when the jet ski she was riding was hit by another watercraft.

According to a report by ABC News, the 20-year-old man who hit the young girl with his rented jet ski, was charged with third-degree criminal homicide. Now the young girl’s parents are suing the man, who investigators say was driving recklessly, was standing up and not paying attention to where he was going, and showing off for his girlfriend.

The lawsuit alleges that the man was reckless and negligent while operating the watercraft. The rental company, Aloha Jet Ski Rentals, is also named in the suit. The lawsuit alleges that an employee of the rental company failed to properly instruct the man in the correct use of the jet ski and that the employee did nothing to prevent the man’s reckless behavior.

The suit seeks unspecified damages for the family’s emotional pain and suffering, medical costs, and attorney’s fees.


It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: to lose their child in such a tragic and preventable way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family in their time of grief. If you or someone you know is injured through someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, you may have a case. Contact the injury attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates.