Another wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Broward County by the family of one of three racers to die during the 2011 Key West World Championship powerboat races.
Throttleman and owner Robert "Bob" Morgan, 74, of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and driver Jeffrey "J.T." Tillman, 47, of Kaiser, Mo., were killed when their four-engine, 46-foot catamaran called Big Thunder caught air and flipped over on its third lap in Key West Harbor.
William Tillman, a relative of Tillman, filed suit on Monday against Key West resident John Carbonell, president of Super Boat International Productions Inc. (SBI), and race medical directors Donald DiPetrillo and Brian Haff, as well as Louis Pizano, of disregarding safety standards, according to court records.
The lawsuit also names race inspector William Livingston and the company Super Boat International Productions Inc. as defendants.
Fort Lauderdale attorney William Scherer is representing Tillman. He did not return phone messages seeking comment on Tuesday.
The 2013 Key West World Championship concluded on Sunday, two years after Tillman and Morgan died.
Page Motorsports boat throttle man Joey Gratton, 59, also drowned that year during a particularly deadly week of racing. The twin-engine, 38-foot Douglas Marine Skater catamaran overturned on the first turn in the final lap of the second race on the 6.1-mile course, trapping Gratton in a rescue harness that was secured to the boat.
Both lawsuits accuse race organizers of using rescue personnel unfamiliar with the cockpits and emergency hatches on the boats.
The Gratton case remains pending. The plaintiff attorney in that case, Michael Allweiss, did not return phone messages seeking comment Tuesday.
Online Broward County court records did not indicate a trial date had been scheduled.
No criminal charges have been filed in either incident. All three men's deaths were ruled accidental by medical examiners.