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Lawsuit follows boating accident

JULY 5 — The parents of a Florida teen accused of running his boat over and killing a 6-year-old boy on Memorial Day are being sued for $20 million.

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed June 27 by the parents of the 6-year-old, claiming the parents of the teen, who is 13, were negligent for allowing their son to operate the boat and for failing to supervise him, the Associated Press reported. The suit seeks $20 million in damages for claims, including negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The teen is accused of driving an 18-foot skiff over the 6-year-old boy off Key West, Fla., then fleeing the scene. The boy was snorkeling with his father and a sibling when the incident happened.

The teen spent nearly three weeks in a detention center after prosecutors said he was a “flight risk,” news reports say. Under an agreement with prosecutors the 13-year-old is to stay with his parents, but is not permitted to operate a motor vessel. Although he won’t have to wear a monitoring device the teen will not be allowed to leave his parents’ home, except for medical care or for counseling. He is charged with vessel homicide, a first-degree felony.

The teen is scheduled to be arraigned July 24, according to the report.

— Jason Fell