Mom files wrongful death lawsuit over her son’s death

Kathleen A. Reid, mother of the Hunterdon County teenager who died two years ago after drinking a mix of alcohol is suing the boys who hosted the outdoor party. She files the wrongful death lawsuit on Nov. 17 in state Superior Court, Flemington. The lawsuit claims the family who played host to the November 2006 party in West Amwell did “nothing to prevent the supplying of alcoholic beverages to minors.”

The incident took place in 2006. when Jack Reid, 19, of Delaware Township died during the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2006, after authorities found him lying unconscious during an outdoor party near the West Amwell home. The death has been attributed to a debilitating mix of hard alcohol.

The boys, whose names are included in the suit but are being withheld by the Courier News because of their ages at the time of the incident, gave alcohol to Reid and encouraged him to drink during the party, according to court documents.

The seven-page lawsuit also claims the parents of one of the boys “knew or should have known” that their son was hosting parties and serving alcohol on or near their property “for a period of months,” leading up to the night of Reid’s death.

The suit seeks unspecified legal fees and damages, in part for the injuries Kathleen Reid and her daughter, Shannon, suffered, “including the value of his companionship and the loss of his prospective services in the future, together with any hospital, medical and funeral expenses” the family has incurred.

Source: Central Jersey.com

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