Family of North Carolina Football Player Killed by ATV Sues School, Coach

August 27, 2013

The estate of a 15-year-old Asheville, N.C., football player who died two years ago after he was struck by an all-terrain vehicle at Roberson High School is suing the school’s football coach and the Buncombe County Board of Education.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the lawsuit also names the student driving the vehicle as it asks for unspecified damages.

Authorities say Donald “Donnie” Crotty was walking on a path during football practice in July 2011 when his leg was clipped by the vehicle. He fell and was then run over.

The lawsuit says the vehicle was being driven too fast and recklessly. Sheriff’s investigators determined the driver wasn’t at fault.

Lawyers for the school board and coach Jim Beatty say Crotty could have avoided the collision if he was more attentive.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 11:18 am
    Susie Clontz says:
    In case you don't know the law, all three parties had to be named.
  • August 31, 2013 at 11:17 am
    Susie Clontz says:
    If you are all so interested in the real story, why not reach out to the family and ask them, how it has been handled up to this point, and because of that, that may be why th... read more
  • August 28, 2013 at 9:09 am
    jw says:
    Thanks. The article does provide a few more details. It appears the school system has learned a lesson, too, since they no longer allow students to drive school vehicles.
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