CT Pool Builder Sued for Drowning

CT Pool Builder Sued for Drowning

The president of a swimming pool in Connecticut was recently charged with second-degree manslaughter for the drowning of a boy.

The boy reportedly drowned after his arm became caught in a suction drain.

Boy Becomes Victim of Pool Accident

Zachery Cohn, 6, from Greenwich, CT, was swimming when his arm got caught in a suction drain and he drowned.

His parents, Brian and Karen, filed a wrongful death suit against the Town of Greenwich, Shoreline Pools and its president, David Lionetti.

Lawsuit is the First of its Kind

Following the accident, Lionetti, 53, was arrested because his company failed to install the proper safety devices to the pool.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time an executive from a pool company has been prosecuted for homicide for claimed code violations in the installation of the pool,” says Lionetti’s lawyer, Richard Meehan.

Claims Against Pool Company

The suit claims that Zachary drowned when his arm got stuck in an intake valve in the deep end of the pool.

Water entering this valve was pumped through the filtering system under the suction before it was pumped back into the pool.

The Cohn’s are accusing Lionetti and his company of violating safety code requirements.

(Source: New York Times)

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