Police ID jet-ski rider who died on Little Lake Sawyer

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Deputies identified a man who died on Windermere's Little Lake Sawyer as 39-year-old Lewis Howerton.
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Deno

United States

#3 Jul 7, 2008
Very sad but at 39 years old this was pretty irresponsible...original story said he had no life jacket and obviously hadn't worn the lanyard 'dead man' switch....and 8:30pm is dark or close to it..when jet skis should off the water. Some lawyer will probably go after the boss now.
Billy B

Orlando, FL

#5 Jul 7, 2008
Now his family will probably bring a lawsuit against the employer for providing the party favors.
Olando

Mount Dora, FL

#6 Jul 7, 2008
I see the Sentinel has corrected the story to read 'jet ski' instead of 'water scooter'. Brilliant.

They also deleted all comments questioning the use of this lame term.

Great job as usual Sentinel.

“KenCarpenter.com”

Since: Jan 07

Windermere, FL

#7 Jul 7, 2008
And why shouldn't the employer be held responsible?

If he/she was negligent -- providing too much alcohol? allowing use of a jet ski without training or safety precautions? no lifeguard?-- then he/she could be the target of a wrongful-death lawsuit.

I'm no lawyer, but if a guest dies on your property, you better believe you stand to be held at least partially liable for damages.

Note to employers: Have your company parties at a facility that carries liability insurance, not your home.
Chuck D

Orlando, FL

#8 Jul 7, 2008
I see the pencil necked geeks that never leave the house are on here trashing a dead guy. You people need to get laid and get a life it seems Karma has already hit you boys like a ton of bricks.
Judge Judy is my master

Leesburg, FL

#9 Jul 7, 2008
Ken Carpenter wrote:
And why shouldn't the employer be held responsible?
If he/she was negligent -- providing too much alcohol? allowing use of a jet ski without training or safety precautions? no lifeguard?-- then he/she could be the target of a wrongful-death lawsuit.
I'm no lawyer, but if a guest dies on your property, you better believe you stand to be held at least partially liable for damages.
Note to employers: Have your company parties at a facility that carries liability insurance, not your home.
Since when has "providing" too much alcohol negligent? Did the host POUR it down the guest's throat? When you have a party, you cannot follow each and every guest around to make sure they are behaving properly, ESPECIALLY a 39 yr old! People need to be accountable for their actions. We're enabling people and making lawyers richer!
LBC

Casselberry, FL

#10 Jul 7, 2008
Ken Carpenter wrote:
And why shouldn't the employer be held responsible?
If he/she was negligent -- providing too much alcohol? allowing use of a jet ski without training or safety precautions? no lifeguard?-- then he/she could be the target of a wrongful-death lawsuit.
I'm no lawyer, but if a guest dies on your property, you better believe you stand to be held at least partially liable for damages.
Note to employers: Have your company parties at a facility that carries liability insurance, not your home.
What?? You, like far too many, have already thrown personal responsibility out the window and just blame everyone else...

“KenCarpenter.com”

Since: Jan 07

Windermere, FL

#11 Jul 7, 2008
Judge Judy is my master wrote:
People need to be accountable for their actions.
There's a big legal difference between accountability and liability.

“KenCarpenter.com”

Since: Jan 07

Windermere, FL

#12 Jul 7, 2008
LBC wrote:
<quoted text>
What?? You, like far too many, have already thrown personal responsibility out the window and just blame everyone else...
There's a big difference between "personal responsibility" and liability.

There's a big difference between "blame" and making a claim against negligence.

If the actions of the host contributed to the man's death, the host can be held liable, in full or in part, in the courts.

That's why people have insurance -- and that's why lawyers can go after negligence.

“KenCarpenter.com”

Since: Jan 07

Windermere, FL

#13 Jul 7, 2008
Judge Judy is my master wrote:
<quoted text>Since when has "providing" too much alcohol negligent?... When you have a party, you cannot follow each and every guest around to make sure they are behaving properly
You need to watch MORE Judge Judy ... You CAN be held liable for providing too much alcohol, and you MUST remove whatever is causing your guests to behave improperly. You are "responsible" for the safety of visitors -- even unwelcome ones -- on your property.
Wussie

Orlando, FL

#14 Jul 7, 2008
That is the problem with the "legal" system. "Legal" doesn't mean right or wrong. It just means legal.
Too bad the fellow lost his life. The lawsuit is coming, you can bet on it.
His aunt

Kearny, NJ

#15 Jul 7, 2008
Right now the family is devastated so please keep your nasty comments to yourself. No one knows what happened yet and no one is suing so please stop! Be thankful that it wasn't someone in your family.

“Smile...It Catches On !”

Level 1

Since: Dec 06

Somewhere Very Pretty !

#16 Jul 7, 2008
His aunt wrote:
Right now the family is devastated so please keep your nasty comments to yourself. No one knows what happened yet and no one is suing so please stop! Be thankful that it wasn't someone in your family.
Why would you, as his Aunt, even want to come to a forum? I would think you would be to devastated to even think of this.This forum and what strangers think matters that much to you? There is nothing better for you to do? It is a forum, and people are going to post their opinons. That's what it is about. In times like this, family needs family. Go worry about the important things - your family. GO!
Tyler howerton

Salisbury, NC

#20 Feb 13, 2013
This is my dad
Tyler howerton

Salisbury, NC

#21 Feb 13, 2013
I miss my dad

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