Family files claim in junior lifeguard death

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Article Date: 11/19/2009 | Resource: MLG

Family files claim in junior lifeguard death

The family of an 11-year-old junior lifeguard who was run over and killed by a boat during a routine training exercise in the ocean has filed a wrongful death claim against the city.

The claim, which names all the members of the Squirrel family, seeks damages in excess of $10,000 for personal injuries, emotional distress and damages relating to the death of Alyssa Squirrell. The claim, filed Nov. 12, alleges that Huntington Beach lifeguard Lt. Greg Crow operated the boat negligently, causing Alyssa’s injuries and death.

Huntington Beach spokeswoman Laurie Payne said the city does not comment on pending litigation. Claims are generally a precursor to a lawsuit.

Orange County prosecutors announced last week that they will not file criminal charges against Crow, who is a decorated Marine Safety officer. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department conducted a three-month investigation into the death of Alyssa, who received deep cuts to her leg and hip when she was hit by a boat.

Alyssa was participating in a drill in which junior lifeguards jumped off the back of a boat and into the ocean. She was in the water but had not joined her training group when the driver of the boat turned around and struck her.

The Squirrells were not immediately available for comment.

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Jeffrey Marquart