Orange high school student dies after golf cart accident

Orange high school student dies after golf cart accident

12.9.2019

Orange high school student dies after golf cart accident

After the accident at El Modena High School, the student was taken to a hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries, school officials said.

Details released Wednesday by Orange Unified School District outline how Manny, who had been diagnosed with severe autism, was with his one-on-one aide and a second aide when he got into a parked golf cart. The aides tried to persuade Manny to get out of the cart and tried to stop it as it sped forward and crashed, according to the district.

“Words are insufficient to describe the pain our students and staff are now feeling,” Supt. Gunn Marie Hansen said in a letter Tuesday to the school community. “As we take the steps necessary to support the family and student body, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, loved ones and friends.”

“At first, they told her Manny was with some teachers and he got away from the teachers, got inside the golf cart on his own and accelerated into a brick wall where he suffered the fatal injuries,” Glassman, a trial attorney at Panish, Shea and Boyle, said Wednesday. “Later they told her that he was actually already inside the golf cart with a supervisor at the school, and the supervisor got out of the golf cart, left Manny in there by himself unsupervised with the key in the ignition, and that’s when he accelerated into the wall. Under either scenario, it’s unacceptable.”

Along with questions about what happened, the family also has concerns about how long it took Manny to receive emergency medical care.

“We are grieving the loss of our student,” Hansen said. “We are heartbroken by the tragic accident and continue to offer support and grief counseling to the family, staff and students.”

For Manny’s mother, Glassman said, “hiring a lawyer and filing a lawsuit is really about making sure we examine the policies and procedures of the school district to understand how this kind of thing happened so it doesn’t happen again to any other family. It’s very important to her and the rest of the family that this leads to some kind of change at the school so this never happens again.”

Read more: Los Angeles Times

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