A swimming pool company president charged in the death of a Connecticut boy in a 2007 drowning has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide for not installing a state-mandated safety device. David Lionetti’s company, Shoreline Pools, also pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and will pay $150,000 for water-safety advertisements. The company failed to install a required safety device that would have prevented the boy’s arm from getting stuck in a powerful pump drain, prosecutors alleged. This caused the death of six-year-old Zachary Cohn in 2007.
Had the safety device been installed, it would have detected the drain obstruction and turned the system off. A witness, the past president of the Northeast Pool and Spa Association, testified that he told Lionetti about the new state law as part of an awareness campaign the trade group conducted in October 2005. The trade group also sent alerts to Shoreline Pools about code changes. It appears that numerous employees of Shoreline Pools, including Lionetti, attended annual trade shows where the devices were displayed and marketed. Under the plea agreement, Lionetti will perform 500 hours of community service and repair 100 pools to comply with legal requirements and building codes.
Since 1985, more than 150 cases have been reported around the country of swimming pool drain entrapments, leading to at least 48 deaths. The entrapments also have caused many serious injuries, including disembowelments, of children and adults. I believe this is the first case where criminal charges were brought and the case settled by a guilty plea.
Source: Insurance Journal
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