Almost a year after the boat crash that killed former Miss Teen Oklahoma Rachel Nicole Swetnam and William Lewis Trey’ Varner III, the Swetnam and Varner families have found justice. The wrongful death suit filed by the Swetnam and Varner families was settled for an unspecified amount, and the boat driver continues to face charges for first-degree manslaughter.
At the time of the accident on May 14, 2013, Swetnam and Varner were seated on the bow of a boat driven by John DeSelms. With a blood alcohol level of .18, more than twice the legal limit of .08, DeSelms drove the boat into an unoccupied and docked house boat. Swetnam and Varner were later found dead on the scene.
After the accident, the Swetnam and Varner families filed wrongful death suits against DeSelms, the DeSelms family, and the boat’s owner, Seven Anchors LLC. Family lawyers have commented that the suit was settled in court for an undisclosed amount. John DeSelms continues to face two charges of first-degree manslaughter.
Generally wrongful death suits are filed against the people, companies, employees, or agencies thought to be responsible for a loved one’s fatal accident. Families, like the Swetnam and Varner families, are able to file separate wrongful death suits and hold all at-fault parties responsible.
Wrongful Death Suits at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP
While nothing can remove the pain of a lost family member, the highly experienced lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, can help families find justice. With more than 70 years of combined legal experience, our wrongful death attorneys work with families to create the best case possible. At Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, Our team helps families affected by wrongful death cases find results.
When your loved one is involved in a fatal accident, get help from the wrongful death lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and to discuss your case in more detail. We look forward to helping your family achieve justice.