Lawyers seek info on water park accident

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A Greenville law office said Tuesday that officials from Rocky Mount, Kinston and a Kinston water park have not provided information about an incident at the park that left a boy in a coma.

Jaekwon Williams, 9, a rising fourth-grader at Rocky Mount’s Baskerville Elementary School, was found unconscious Aug. 11 at the bottom of a 7-foot-deep lap pool during a field trip to Lions Adventure Water Park.

Williams could not swim, according to his mother Jasmine Williams, who is represented by the Greenville firm Taft, Taft and Haigler. He was resuscitated and brought to Vidant Medical Center. Caregivers there fear he may have suffered irreparable brain damage, the law firm reported during a Tuesday news conference.

Williams was visiting the park with the city of Rocky Mount’s Williford Summer Day Camp, the law firm said in a release issued during the news conference. The water park is owned by Woodman Foundation and operated by Kinston-Lenoir County Parks and Recreation, it said.

Williams’ mother asked for information from an investigation she believes was conducted by the Kinston Department of Public Safety, the release said. Information requested includes copies of the park’s surveillance video, statements from recreation department officials, pool administrators, employees and lifeguards.

“As of today, her questions have gone unanswered,” the release said.

The law firm is now seeking all records from regarding the incident to answer Williams’ questions about the circumstances of Jaekwon’s injuries and safety precautions in place at the water park. It said efforts are ongoing.

More details will be posted when they are available.