Days before the statute of limitations would have barred the complaint from the court system, a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the family of a University of Alabama student who drowned in the Black Warrior River in April 2012.
Tre Jones, the deceased 20-year-old University of Alabama student, fell into the waterway during a sorority’s party on the Bama Belle riverboat. Charles Jones, Tre’s father, from Demopolis, Ala., believes that several parties should be held responsible for what transpired.
According to Charles Jones, many people were responsible for ensuring no underage drinking transpired that evening; however, this did not keep Tre from doing so. Mr. Jones also notes that not enough rescue effort was made on his son’s behalf after he fell into the water. The lawsuit claims that a deckhand witnessed Tre fall overboard and struggle, but boat officials did not immediately stop to try and rescue him. His body was discovered by divers in deep water the following day.
The complaint describes the young man’s death to be caused by a combination of drowning and acute alcohol intoxication. Tre’s blood alcohol content was shown to be .133 g/100 ml on the toxicology report.
Defendants named in Charles Jones’ wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of his son are as follows: the Tuscaloosa Riverboat Company, which both owned and operated the Bama Belle during the incident; Stand Alone Security, a local company hired to prevent underage drinking and keep party goers safe; and the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, which hosted the riverboat party.
James Moncus of the Birmingham law firm Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton is representing Charles Jones on behalf of his son. The suit demands in excess of $10 million for the young man’s untimely death.