A Sangamon County lawsuit alleges that owners of a Gardner Township property where a California teen died should have known of the dangers posed by an all-terrain vehicle hooked up to a rope swing by a pond.
The lawsuit also names as defendants the 14-year-old victim’s aunt and uncle, who he was visiting in Springfield, saying they should have known that young people would be unsupervised at the site.
Scanlan Derrick suffered head and neck trauma in a fall at the site on Aug. 18, said Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon. Derrick was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital after the accident, and died there Aug. 20, Allmon said.
His parents, Matt and Susan Derrick, filed the lawsuit Aug. 31 against Michael and Tracey Morley, owners of the property in the 6200 block of Old Salem Lane where the accident occurred; and against Dean and Nicole Derrick of Springfield, aunt