*Director Tim Story has been slapped with a wrongful death lawsuit after a 2-year old boy drowned in his hot tub in 2015.
According to court documents, the child’s father, Miguel Raygoza-Castillo, claims his son got into Story’s backyard, where he was able to gain access to the hot tub, fell in and was later found unresponsive. He died four days later at the hospital when the Raygoza-Castillo family made the decision to take the boy off of life support.
It’s not clear how the 2-year old was able to get into the backyard unsupervised and make it over to the hot tub; but Raygoza-Castillo is now suing Story for not having proper pool security equipment, which led to the accident.
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‘Ride Along’ Director Tim Story Sued Over Child’s Death in Hot Tub https://t.co/tSON3Nx7kx
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 5, 2020
A 2018 California law requires outdoor pool and hot tub owners to have at least two safety measures installed including pool enclosures, removable fencing, proper alarms and pool safety covers.
According to TMZ, Raygoza-Castillo is suing Story and his wife for damages including medical, funeral and burial expenses … as well as pain, suffering and the emotional distress from losing a child.
A GoFundMe was set up for the Raygoza-Castillo family back when the incident occurred, though it raised less than $2,000 of the initial $10,000 goal. The page was set up to pay for funeral expenses and hospital costs.
“Although no amount of money can bring I’M back to his family, your kind donations can help alleviate part of the financial strain his family is now facing,” the page said.
Story’s film credits include the “Ride Along” and “Barbershop” franchises. In 2018 he was in talks to helm a live-action hybrid film for the William Hanna and Joseph Barbera cartoon, Tom and Jerry.