Family sues business partner after tractor death

OLYMPIA — The Rochester family of a 3-year-old who died when he was run over by a tractor being drive by his 7-year-old brother is suing a former business partner for failing to supervise the children.

The Olympian reported that the wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by Christopher and Randi Decker in Thurston County Superior Court. It names Jacob Huff and his wife as defendants.

The younger boy had been riding on the tractor when he fell off and was run over by one of the tractor’s wheels. The suit says the 7-year-old had been permitted to drive the tractor in the past but not with his younger brother on board.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady said Friday no criminal charges were ever filed in connection with the incident.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

More in Local News

It’s hard to find a parking spot at Wallace Falls State Park

There’s a study under way on how to tackle that issue and others.

At long last, a church of his own

After years of filling in elsewhere, Hallack Greider is the new pastor at Maplewood Presbyterian.

Judge: Lawmakers’ emails, texts subject to public disclosure

News organizations had sued to challenge the Legislature’s claim that members were exempt.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Outgoing councilwoman honored by Marysville Fire District

The Marysville Fire District in December honored outgoing City Councilwoman Donna Wright… Continue reading

Officials rule train-pedestrian death an accident

The 37-year-old man was trying to move off the tracks when the train hit him, police say.

Ex-Monroe cop re-arrested after losing sex crime case appeal

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison but was free while trying to get his conviction overturned.

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Number of flu-related deaths in county continues to grow

Statewide, 86 people have died from the flu, most of whom were 65 or older.

Most Read