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Slain athlete's teammate cited in wrongful death verdict

August 1, 2017
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A teammate of a West Virginia college lacrosse player who died after a 2013 fight has been found mostly responsible in a jury's wrongful death lawsuit verdict.

A federal jury in Wheeling awarded $3 million Monday to the family of 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak of Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

The jury found Wheeling Jesuit University lacrosse teammate Tyler Johnson 75 percent liable.

Figaniak had been knocked unconscious in a fight with two pipeline workers. Plaintiff's attorneys say Johnson failed to seek medical treatment and tried to drag Figaniak to his apartment but dropped him headfirst to the cement.

The jury placed far less blame on the pipeline workers.

One of the workers was sentenced in state court to a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter. The other was acquitted on a murder charge.

Johnson was never criminally charged.



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