Parents claim Army Corps of Engineers' negligence led to drowning

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 8, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A pair of estate representatives is suing United States of America, alleging that a woman drowned in the Ohio River as a result of the government's negligence.

Amber Evans and Jack Evans, individually and on behalf of the estate of the late Brittany Evans, their daughter, filed a complaint July 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, claiming the Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately monitor the Ohio River.

According to the complaint, Brittany Evans died on May 20, 2017 when she drowned at the Dashields Locks and Dam located at the Ohio River, which is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Despite multiple drownings in the Ohio River, the plaintiffs claim the defendant failed to provide adequate warning, signs, barriers, navigational aides and other devices to prevent those on the river from entering the Dashields Dam.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in an amount exceeding $75,000. They are represented by John Gismondi of Gismondi & Associates in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:18-cv-00927-NBF

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