Boy Charged in Girls Death

A 15-year-old Texas boy faces a charge of reckless manslaughter in Larimer County for the June death of a 17-year-old Michigan girl. The Denver Post is reporting that Audra Brownell of Sparta Michigan was killed on June 17th at Knoll-Willows when a falling rock struck her in the head. Knoll-Willows is a green-space and cliff area off the northeast corner of the Estes Park Town Hall parking lot. Brownell and other members of her church were on a backpacking trip. The boy who has been charged was with a different tour group than Brownell. He had gone up the cliff ahead of Brownell and kicked lose some rocks causing a thirty pound rock to fall and hit Brownell as she sat next to her boyfriend.

The term “wrongful death” usually refers to a civil lawsuit filed between the family of a victim and the person they believe to be responsible for the victim’s death. A wrongful death can be defined as either negligent or unjust, with the actions of one causing the death of another. Wrongful death cases differ from state to state, however they are all the same in principle. The accused party will have behaved in a way or committed an act that caused the victim’s death, or the defendant would have behaved in a negligent manner that led to the victim’s death. The victim is survived by a spouse, family members or dependents and there are grounds for a monetary settlement. A settlement will generally be awarded for medical and funeral expenses, as well pain and suffering and loss of financial support.

If someone you love was killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, it is important to discuss your case with a Pueblo wrongful death attorney immediately. Your attorney will need to negotiate with insurance companies and creditors to ensure that you receive the compensation you need. While no amount of compensation could ever make up for the loss of your loved one, you may need money to pay for mortgages, medical expenses and child care. Call Pueblo Personal Injury Attorney Mickey M. Smith today at (719) 544-0062 for a free consultation.


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  1. This is such a sad and unfortunate event to have taken place. We should all remember to be careful when hiking.