Widow of man who drowned in East Texas lake initiates legal action

By John Suayan | Oct 19, 2018

MARSHALL – A federal lawsuit has been filed in response to a man’s drowning death in an East Texas lake.

Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas records show that Amanda Goff initiated action against Donald Currier, doing business as D&S Boat Rentals, and Stanley Alexander on Oct. 17, pinning the death of her husband, Devison Sergio Justino, during an outing at Lake O’ the Pines on the defendants.

Goff, Justino, and the couple’s two minor children were reportedly passengers aboard the Jolly Green Giant, a vessel owned by Currier and mastered by Alexander.

While in a deep part of the lake, the Jolly Green Giant encountered a dangerous current which prevented the family of four from swimming. The decedent then jumped into the lake to retrieve a fallen item despite the current’s existence, the suit says.

Alexander purportedly failed to warn Justino nor did the vessel possess a lifebuoy, according to the suit.

Court filings further explain that Goff was prompted to rescue the decedent and was herself drowning. Goff survived while Justino perished, the complaint says.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by Williams Kherkher in Houston and Gregorio, Chafin, Johnson, Poolson & Tabor, LLC in Shreveport, La.

Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case No. 2:18-CV-0430

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