The administrator of the estate of a woman who was electrocuted last year while swimming beside a dock at Lake Sinclair has filed a wrongful death suit against the dock’s owners. Devin Olivia Powers, 25, was visiting a friend on Bluegill Run in Eatonton, Ga., on May 5, 2012. The two women went to a nearby home and swam near a neighbor’s dock. The dock’s flooring recently had been replaced, and an outlet box was lying on the decking, along with a bare wire, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. At some point, Ms. Powers was treading water near the dock when she touched the dock and came in contact with either the outlet box or the wire. An autopsy later confirmed that Ms. Powers died of electrocution, according to the Putnam County coroner’s office.
The lawsuit, filed last month in Bibb County Superior Court, names CBM Investments Inc., Carey B. Merrell and three “John Does” as defendants. Putnam County property records list CBM Investments Inc. as the owner of the property at 106 Bluegill Run. Georgia Secretary of State records list Merrell as holding multiple offices in CBM Investments.
The lawsuit contends that Ms. Powers was electrocuted due to improper and dangerous wiring on the dock, and that CBM and Merrell either knew or should have known that the wiring was improper and dangerous. CBM and Merrell were at fault, according to the suit, and didn’t take precautionary measures to prevent an electrocution or to make the area safe. Macon lawyer Robert Herndon is acting as administrator of Powers’ estate and conservator for her 2-year-old daughter. Trent Speckhals, a lawyer with the Atlanta-based firm Speckhals & Corn represents the estate in the lawsuit.
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