Kentucky Family Files Suit Over Teen’s Drowning Death

September 25, 2014

The family of a teenager who drowned while attending a summer academic camp at Transylvania University has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Thirteen-year-old Ricky Harris III, a seventh-grader at Bondurant Middle School in Frankfort, lost consciousness during a recreational swim on June 23 at the university in Lexington. He was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Medical Center, and the coroner’s office said later he had drowned.

WKYT-TV reports the lawsuit alleges negligence and unsafe conditions.

Transylvania University released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying officials will continue to support the family and mourns their loss.

The statement says the school has a policy of not commenting on pending legal matters.

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