Jury Awards $1.7 Million for Wrongful Death of Teen Farm Worker

Aug 13, 2015, 16:44 ET from Akeel & Valentine PLC

TROY, Mich., Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Five years ago, Victor Perez was killed in an oxygen-depleted molasses tank. The teen, along with another teen, a Franciso Martinez, were instructed by the farm owner, Paul Jay Lettinga, to clean the molasses tanks located at the Yankee Springs Dairy farm in Barry County in Western Michigan. The molasses tanks held toxic decaying liquid feed. Without adequate oxygen, both Victor and Franciso died in the tank.

The Perez family sued the owner, Lettinga, and his farm company for the wrongful death of their son, Victor. After a three day trial, the jury awarded $1.7 million to the family for Victor's wrongful death.

The Perez family attorney, Shereef Akeel, stated "the jury saw the clear culpability and reckless disregard for human life." Mr. Akeel continued saying "this has been a surely difficult and emotional time for the Perez family."

Victor Perez, who had just turned 18 and just graduated from high school, was planning to join the U.S. Army.

Mr. Akeel said that "after five years, the family has finally seen a sense of justice, a vindication, a sense of feeling that the family can finally move forward with their lives. The bereaving father wanted the jury to do the right thing and hopefully make sure it doesn't happen to someone else."

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