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Family reaches $10M settlement in Kinston near drowning

Posted June 26, 2018 1:33 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:18 a.m. EDT

— The family of boy who nearly drowned at a Kinston park has settled with the city's insurance carrier for $10 million.

Jaekwon Williams was found at the bottom on a lap pool at the Lions Water Adventure Park in August 2014.

The Williams' attorney said the then-9-year-old, who could not swim, was under water for about seven minutes, leaving him with permanent brain damage.

"The injuries Jay suffered have left him unable to walk, unable to talk, unable to care for the daily activities - daily living we all take for granted," the attorney said.

The family said the incident happened when Jaekwon was with a summer camp put on by the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department.

In July 2015, Rocky Mount said its insurance company paid more than $2.6 million to settle a lawsuit with the family.

Tony Sears, Kinston's city manager, said they have made a number of changes since Jaekwon nearly died, including adding more lifeguards and requiring kids to take a swim test.