Christopher Cipra’s golf trip with friends to Florida went from bucket list event to tragedy.
The father of one from Houston, Texas, died after falling from the back of a golf cart at the Floridian National Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on April 27, 2022.
Despite charges being dropped from the driver responsible, Christopher Cipra’s family may have a legal case for wrongful death. The legal standard for a criminal case is quite different from the legal standard to bring a civil case for “negligence,” which is what our law firm specializes in doing.
The driver of the golf cart was arrested on a felony DUI manslaughter charge, which was later amended to a lesser misdemeanor DUI charge, which was also later dismissed by authorities. Despite the initial charges, the State Attorney’s Office has announced that the driver is no longer being held criminally liable for Cipra’s death.
Police said their initial investigation indicated three people left the club in a golf cart and were traveling to a residence in the community. The cart drove over a raised man-hole cover, causing Christopher Cipra, who was standing in the rear of the cart, to fall off and hit the roadway. He was transported to Tradition Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Possible Civil Case for Christopher Cipra’s Family
According to Assistant State Attorney Spencer Scott, there was no evidence that Hehr drove recklessly, and a lack of physical evidence to prove a crash occurred, reports said.
Despite that, there are many factors that may have contributed to Christopher Cipra’s death. Personal injury law firms, like ours, have many investigative resources to review the circumstances of accidents such as these that law enforcement does not.
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