Hospital denies negligence in death of teen who fell off skateboard

Andrew Hughes, 13, died on June 28,2013

Hospital denies negligence in death of teen who fell off skateboard

EMERALD ISLE, CARTERET COUNTY - Carteret General Hospital is denying that its actions contributed to the death of a teen who fell of his skateboard last summer. Meanwhile, a state department is now investigating the teen's death.

The parents of 13-year-old Andrew "Drew" Hughes 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 after he fell off his skateboard and hit his head on June 28, 2013.

The accident happened in the Lands End neighborhood in Emerald Isle.

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

On Dec. 19, Carteret General Hospital's lawyers issued a response to the lawsuit filed by Drew's parents. In the document, Carteret General denies that its actions or its employees' actions caused harm to the plaintiffs.

"[Carteret General] states that the care and treatment provided to Drew Hughes was in all respects appropriate and in conformity with the applicable standards of care," the document stated.

Carteret General is asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed, according to the document. But if the case does continue, the hospital wants a trial by jury.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services told NewsChannel 12 Friday that the North Carolina Office of EMS is also investigating Drew's Death.

According to Kirsti Clifford of DHHS, the NC Office of EMS is looking into the actions of the EMS personnel. Because the investigating is ongoing, no other details are being released.

NewsChannel 12 reached out to Carteret General Hospital Friday for comment. An official said she could not talk about the pending litigation, but offered "our deepest sympathies to the Hughes family during their loss."


CLICK HERE to read more about the legal complaint filed by Drew's parents.

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