Homeowner sued after intoxicated guest drowns in pond

David Yates Jul. 9, 2012, 10:51am

Two years ago, Travis Lee Meadows showed up to the home of Patsy Hanchett intoxicated. After having a few more drinks, he jumped into the woman's pond around midnight and drowned.

Acting as temporary administrator of Meadows' estate, Beaumont attorney Justin Sanderson, who is also the son of 60th District Judge Gary Sanderson, filed suit against Hanchett on July 2 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the 47-year-old drowning victim should have been warned of the dangers of swimming intoxicated.

According to the lawsuit, on July 2, 2010, Meadows was a guest at Hanchett's Beaumont home. He had been drinking alcohol and/or taking drugs prior to his arrival and continued to drink while at the defendant's residence, the suit states.

"Decedent was then allowed to go swimming in defendant's pond, where he drowned shortly after getting in," the suit states.

The suit continues by asserting Hanchett negligently failed to warn Meadows of the dangerous condition, failed to supervise him and negligently allowed an intoxicated individual to utilize the pond.

The plaintiff is suing for wrongful death damages, including loss of companionship and extreme grief.

Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell in Beaumont represents him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E192-644

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