The Office of the Loudoun County Attorney and the legal team representing the family of a Loudoun teen who drowned last year have met and continue to discuss the family’s assertion that the county bears responsibility for the June death.
Loudoun County Attorney Leo Rogers said on Wednesday he has met with the family’s attorneys and that discussions are ongoing.
Fitz Alexander Campbell-Thomas drowned in the area of Confluence Park in the River Creek Community following a delayed response by first responders. Campbell-Thomas was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Michelle Thomas, Fitz’s mother and president of the NAACP Loudoun Branch, and her family argue that communication failures led to the teenager being denied the opportunity to receive emergency support in a timely manner.
Thomas told the Times-Mirror earlier this month that the family has sent Montgomery County, Maryland a settlement demand and notice of their intent to file a lawsuit, should the two parties not settle the matter.
Scott Peterson, spokesperson for Montgomery County, said due to pending litigation, the county cannot comment on a potential lawsuit. A response letter dated Feb. 16, 2021 was sent to the family.
The family is seeking a settlement that includes changes to policy and for monetary damages, Thomas said, but would not disclose the amount, stating that it could never be enough for what the family and the world lost.Related: Letter sent to County Attorney claims dispatchers were negligent in teen’s death