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Settlement reached in skateboarding accident that killed teen

By WCTI Staff
Published On: May 12 2014 10:57:53 AM CDT
Updated On: May 12 2014 11:14:38 AM CDT

Andrew "Drew" Hughes, 13, died in a skateboarding accident in Emerald Isle on June 28.

EMERALD ISLE, CARTERET COUNTY -

A settlement has been reached between Carteret General Hospital and the family of a teen who died in a skateboarding accident.

"The family of Drew Hughes and Carteret General Hospital are pleased to announce that the action regarding Drew's death has been resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned," said Drew's father, David Hughes, in a statement Monday.

Drew was 13 years old when he fell off his skateboard and hit his head on June 28, 2013, police said. The accident happened in the Lands End neighborhood in Emerald Isle. Drew was not wearing a helmet, said investigators.

Drew was first taken to Carteret General Hospital before being transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he died on June 29, according to police.

Drew's parents filed a legal complaint in early November against Carteret General Hospital. They allege that the hospital and its employees were negligent and did not provide proper care for the teen. (CLICK HERE to read the complaint.)

But Carteret General Hospital denied that its actions contributed to Drew's death.

On Monday, Drew's father released the following statement:

"The family of Drew Hughes and Carteret General Hospital are pleased to announce that the action regarding Drew's death has been resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned.

"Drew's untimely death was a great tragedy for his immediate family, the Carteret General Hospital family, and for the community as a whole.  Drew's family will never forget the outpouring of love and support they felt from the community and it has been a source of great comfort to them. 

"The parties agree there is a long-standing commitment to continuously improving the culture of safety at Carteret General Hospital.  As part of the hospital's commitment to safety, it has retained an outside expert to review EMS policies and procedures, and to implement changes as necessary."

The statement did not mention monetary compensation.