Lawsuit Filed In High School Player's Death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The parents of a Louisville high school football player who died after collapsing at practice have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the team's coaches.

Glenna Michele Crockett and Jeffrey Dean Gilpin, parents of 15-year-old Max Gilpin, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Jefferson Circuit Court.

The lawsuit names Pleasure Ridge Park High School head football coach Jason Stinson and five other coaches, The Courier-Journal reported.

Max Gilpin died three days after collapsing at an Aug. 20 football practice. The lawsuit claims the coaches were negligent in his death is seeking medical expenses, burial costs, pain and suffering and punitive damages.

A spokeswoman for the school system was unavailable for comment
Friday. Phone and e-mail messages left for Stinson were not immediately returned. District Athletic Director Jerry Wyman declined comment.

Both the school system and Louisville police were reviewing Gilpin's death.

Lt. Col. Troy Riggs said detectives were completing interviews and will then take their investigative file to prosecutors, where it will be reviewed for possible criminal charges.

"We've tried to talk to as many football players as we could," Riggs said. "We have also talked to several other witnesses who might have seen something."

Officials said the heat index was 94 degrees when Max and another player fell ill at the practice. Kentucky High School Athletic Association rules require schools to take specific steps regarding water and rest once the heat index reaches 95.

It also requires the heat index to be measured and recorded 30 minutes before the start of a practice or game with a digital sling psychrometer, which measures temperature and relative humidity.

School officials have said that school records show that the heat index was checked twice the day of the practice. The officials have also said the players had water breaks every 20 minutes and water was left running for players who needed more.

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