WSFA TV-12 anchor Valorie Lawson reported this week a settlement has been reached in the 2011 wrongful death lawsuit filed by Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Porits & Miles, P.C., on behalf of the family of two young boys who drowned in an apartment complex pool. The lawsuit alleged Cyprus Court Apartments was negligent in maintaining the fence around its pool, allowing the brothers to access the pool. Beasley Allen Founding Shareholder Jere L. Beasley told WSFA the boys accessed the pool through a large hole in the fence, and one of the brothers fell into the pool and the other tried to save him, but both boys tragically died. In a statement, Mr. Beasley said, “Hundreds of small children are victims of drownings each year in swimming pools. These tragic deaths at the Cyprus Courts Apartments could have been avoided if the management had properly maintained the fence around the swimming pool. Holes in the fence around the pool had existed prior to the event in April of 2012, the latest being found on the previous day. Young children had been known to slip into the pool area for years through holes in the fence. The pool was located next to a playground that was open to children at the time of this incident.” The terms of the settlement are confidential.
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