UCF found negligent in Plancher's death

July 1, 2011 at 2:57 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., July 1 (UPI) -- The parents of Ereck Plancher were awarded $10 million by a jury that deemed the University of Central Florida Athletics Association negligent in his death.

The jury ruled after five hours of deliberations Thursday to order the school's association to pay the sum to Enock and Gisele Plancher due to the association being negligent in the death and failing to do everything possible to save the football player's life when he collapsed and died after performing off-season drills with the team March 18, 2008, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Friday.

UCF spokesman Grant Heston said an appeal will be filed.

"We believe the appeals court will side with us," he said. "We feel that from pretrial rulings to ruling during the trial that there's an ample of appeal opportunity and we strongly believe that this will be a quick process because it's very clear that this was the wrong decision."

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