Ironman Florida negligence death case set to go to Federal court
Posted May 20 2009 11:12am
A lawsuit filed against the World Triathlon Corporation, North America Sports and USA Triathlon is scheduled to be heard in Federal court on July 6 of this year. The lawsuit will go on trial in Federal court because the three defendants are in different states.
The lawsuit aims to prove negligence in the death of Barney Rice, a native of Kalispell, Mon., who died in a hospital in Florida on Nov. 7, 2006 three days after competing in Ironman Florida.
Rice was pulled from the Gulf of Mexico on the second lap of the 2.4 mile swim at the annual Ironman Florida race in Panama City on Nov. 4, 2006. The autopsy listed the cause of death as an accidental drowning, but the lawsuit seeks to question whether Rice actually drowned accidentally.
Rice' s estate is seeking damages in excess of $75,000.