RIVERSIDE COUNTY – A father whose 5-year-old disabled daughter drowned at a children’s center pool was awarded $400,000 in damages on Monday. Michael Glossinger, father of Anyah Glossinger, will receive $40,000 in damages for past loss of companionship and $360,000 for future loss of companionship in the wrongful death lawsuit he filed in 2008. On January 23, 2008, Anyah was found submerged in a pool while taking part in hydrotherapy at Angel View Crippled Children’s Center in Desert Hot Springs. Anyah, who was autistic and legally blind, died the next day as a result of injuries she sustained in the pool accident. In the wrongful death lawsuit, Michael Glossinger claims his daughter died as a result of negligence on the part of three people affiliated with the United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire’s Little Bridge program. Despite Anyah’s disabilities, she was not given a life vest before entering the pool. In addition to the three people who worked with Anyah, the United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire, the Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation and the Palm Springs Unified School District were also named in the lawsuit. If you lost a loved one in a tragic accident caused by the negligent or careless actions of another individual or entity, you would be well advised to speak with a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer at [...] Read more »
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AUGUST 11, 2009 – A 22-year-old man was found dead in a hotel pool after a night of drinking with friends, authorities said. Kenneth Crawford of Redlands was pronounced dead at 3:38 a.m., according to Palm Springs police. Crawford was one of two visitors accompanying two guests of the hotel, police said. He was discovered at the bottom of a pool at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club about 3 a.m. after he and some friends went swimming following a night of drinking, authorities said. His companions attempted CPR until paramedics arrived. Following the death, hotel management revoked the hotel’s 24-hour pool access policy and now close the pool between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to the hotel’s co-owner and manager. The pool was closed following the fatality and drained per Riverside County health regulations, according to hotel management. The pool was expected to be re-opened later in the week. The Riverside County Coroner’s office is investigating the cause of death, but authorities do not suspect foul play.
AUGUST 5, 2009 – A 23-year-old man drowned near Sandy Point at Lake Nacimiento while trying to swim from one spot to another, authorities said. Rory Graham of Oceanside was an employee of a church-run camp that was operating at the lake. A junior lifeguard attempted to rescue Graham when he began having difficulty in the water about 6 p.m., but was nearly pulled under himself, according to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies. Graham’s body was located about an hour later, authorities said. Graham was described as a good swimmer. A battalion chief for Cal Fire reminded swimmers to stay calm and try to float on their back if they begin struggling in deep water. Swimmers tend to go into an upright position when they have difficulty, which makes it easier for them to sink, he said. An autopsy on Graham was scheduled for Wednesday. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation into the drowning.
JULY 27, 2009 – A 17-year-old boy from Torrance was in grave condition after he was rescued from the ocean in the South Bay, authorities said. The unidentified boy was swept under water by high surf about 5:45 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s lifeguard division. The victim had been swimming with his brother not far from shore when a large set of waves appeared on the horizon. Lifeguards tried to alert the brothers, but they were too late, authorities said. Lifeguards searched for the victim for about 20 minutes before a diver located the boy and pulled him ashore, officials said. He did not have a pulse and was not breathing when he was transported to Little Company of Mary Hospital in San Pedro and placed on life support, according to the Manhattan Beach Fire Department.
JULY 25, 2009 – A 50-year-old man died after he was slammed against the rocks at a popular but treacherous bodysurfing spot known as The Wedge, authorities said. Monte Valentin of Lawndale was pulled from the ocean about 12:30 p.m. and pronounced dead about an hour later at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, according to a spokesman for the Newport Beach Fire Department. Newport Beach lifeguards spotted Valentin struggling to stay away from the rocks, but were unable to immediately get to him because of the dangerous current, size of the waves and his proximity to the rocks, witnesses said. When Valentin disappeared under the water, a lifeguard came to his rescue and pulled him toward a lifeguard boat, witnesses said. He was in grave condition when transferred to the hospital, authorities said. The waves at the Wedge were estimated to top out Friday at 15-20 feet.