In August, a freak accident took place in a preseason high school football practice in Long Island. While participating in a workout, 16-year-old Joshua Mileto died during practice.
Mileto was reportedly participating in a drill with the East Sachem High School football team when the accident occurred. He was carrying a 400-pound log with four other players.
Somehow, the log fell, hit his head, and sadly, killed him. While the preliminary investigation led detectives to deem the death an accident, the head coach and assistant coach were removed.
While the accident took place almost a full month ago, the high schooler's family is now taking extreme action. Mileto's family has filed notice that they are intending to sue for $15 million in damages.
Jay Danker, the attorney representing the Miletos, issued a statement about the family's decision.
He said, "There was no thought or consideration as to what could, and unfortunately did, happen if the boys lost control of the log or it was dropped for any reason. The recreational and sports training experts we have contacted have unanimously said that it was negligence on the part of the school and football team to have allowed these boys to run this drill and even more reckless to not have supervised or controlled it in any way.”
Danker added that while coaching staff may have been nearby for supervision, there was no specific training given on how to perform the drill. If there was, perhaps this accident could have been avoided.
Many spoke up about the situation. An expert from the University of Connecticut questioned why high school football players would perform the same drill developed for Navy SEALs. Douglas Casa, the executive director of the Korey Stringer Institute, an organization working to bring safety to athletes, commented about the situation as well.
He said, "There's so much potential for things to go wrong that I would really want people to think twice before doing something like that."
The school district has not yet commented about the pending litigation. The family said that they would seek $7.5 million for the boy's pain and $7.5 million for his death.
Another teen tragedy took place this week when a teen pro surfer died while riding a wave caused by Hurricane Irma. Please pray for both families as they are suffering from the loss of their 16-year-old sons.