Sending your children to college can be an emotional and stressful time. Emotions clash against one another as you struggle to grasp this momentous occasion. As the parent of a hardworking and driven student, you are proud to see their successes reach new heights. At the same time, however, you also feel some fear. College is often the first instance that your children will spend extended time away from you. You know that they are ready, but you hope that the lessons and morals you have instilled in them will help guide them along their life’s path. Ultimately, however, the birds must someday leave the nest. It becomes their time, their chance at making a difference in this world.
The worry about your own child is probably misplaced. Despite difficult times and hard lessons learned in college, most students come in as children and leave as well-polished adults. Sadly, however, that cannot be said of every student. Some remain irresponsible and reckless, even after making the transition to adulthood.
On February 18, 2013, 18-year-old Dylan Freeman was driving his Ford F-150 pickup truck on a highway in Glendo, Wyoming. According to the Casper Star Tribune, Freeman and his fellow classmate, Theodore Weekly, were driving back from a livestock judging competition in Torrington, Wyoming. The two boys were students at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.
According to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Weekly family, Freeman was an unqualified driver, and the livestock coach, Mr. Jeremy Burkett, had authorized him to drive his friend back from the competition. On their way home, Freeman was pulled over by a Wyoming State Trooper for speeding. Several hours later, Freeman lost control of the truck and flipped it. Weekly was ejected through the windshield of the truck and was killed. Troopers allegedly confirmed that Freeman had again been speeding.
Attorneys R. Daniel Fleck and Michael F. Lutz are the plaintiff’s attorneys in this wrongful death lawsuit. Casper College, as well as the coach, Mr. Burkett, are named as defendants in the suit.