Coaches George Meredith and Bill Lee were named individually in the complaint but the Grayson County School System was not named in the lawsuit by Keith Michael Walker’s parents, Dr. Michael and Amy Walker.
The 13-year-old Walker was practicing with the middle school team on October 14, 2008 when he collapsed. He was later taken to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy performed the next day found that he died of apparent sudden cardiac death, according to Grayson County Coroner Joe Brad Hudson.
The complaint states the coaches’ negligence was a substantial factor in causing the personal injuries to Walker and a result of the conduct of the coaches the Walkers are asking for the following damages: Keith’s medical expenses from October 14 through his death; funeral and burial costs; Keith’s pain and suffering; destruction of Keith’s earning capacity; Michael Walker’s loss of parental consortium; Amy Walker’s loss of parental consortium; punitive damages and such other compensatory and consequential damages as may be established by discovery in this matter.
This lawsuit is similar to the suit filed in the Jefferson County courts against the coaches in the death of Max Gilpin, the Pleasure Ridge Park football player who collapsed during practice last summer.
The Walkers have retained the same attorney, Todd Thompson, who is representing Gilpin’s parents and the Jefferson County case. Jefferson County Public Schools was not named in the Gilpin case, only PRP head coach Jason Stinson and several assistant coaches were named.
Grayson County Schools Superintendent Barry Anderson was not available for comment and both Lee and Meredith refused to comment on the lawsuit.