Boating Accident Leads to Suit Against Sac Metro Fire

The Sacramento Metro Fire Department is facing a lawsuit over a boating accident that occurred in July 2021 on the American River. Madelynn Saecheo, Nai Saechao, Kao Saechao and Nathan King filed suit claiming a fire department boat crashed into a raft they were on, causing them to be injured.

According to the complaint:

  • On July 3, 2021, Defendants SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN FIRE DISTRICT and DOES 11 through 20 were driving a fire department boat in the river at the American River Parkway, near the clay banks, River Bend Park at Gilligan’s Island, in the County of Sacramento, State of California.
  • At the same general time and location, Plaintiffs MADELYNN SAECHAO, NAI SAECHAO, KAO SAECHAO and NATHAN KING were floating in a raft … when Defendants SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN FIRE DISTRICT and DOES 11 through 20 ran them over, thereby causing injury and damages to Plaintiffs.
  • With regard to the above-described collision, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire personnel drove negligently in the course and scope of employment with the SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN FIRE DISTRICT.
  • The negligence caused the above-described collision by failing to slow and divert the direction for stopped raft in their direction and failed to keep a proper and careful look-out for traffic, driving at an unsafe speed for the conditions.
  • There may have been other actions and/or omissions constituting negligence on the part of the SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN FIRE DISTRICT that are not currently known.

The four-count complaint alleges negligence on behalf of each of the four plaintiffs. Here is a copy of the complaint.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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