Trial of football coach charged with reckless homicide begins

In January, we wrote about a wrongful death suit filed against a High School football coach after one of his players died of heat exhaustion.

While no trial date has been set for the wrongful death suit, the trial of coach, David Jason Stinson, former football coach at Louisville Kentucky Pleasure Ridge High, for charges of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment in the death of offensive lineman Max Gilpin heard opening arguments today.

Gilpin died three days after he collapsed of heat stroke during football practice; his core body temperature at the time was measured at 107 degrees. The heat index was 94 degrees during practice.

This court case is one in which many athletes and coaches are watching because it tests whether coaches should be held criminally liable if a player dies during harsh practice conditions. Last year six football players died from heatstroke. Since 1995, 39 football players have died of heat-related causes. Lawsuits that have been triggered by some of these deaths have certainly made various athletic associations change some of their training guidelines. The outcome of this trial may make trainers and coaches change their methods even more.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm has more than 30 years experience representing families in their wrongful death claims.

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