The family of Eric Przykuta, the beloved Lancaster Middle School teacher killed in a boat crash last month, has taken the first steps toward filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Przykuta's widow has retained the Buffalo law office of Rosenthal, Kooshoian & Lennon, LLP to represent the family in legal proceedings.
Przykuta, 43, was fishing with two people on May 12th around 11 p.m. when the boat they were in crashed into the break wall near the Small Boat Harbor off Fuhrmann Boulevard, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The two other boaters were rescued and not seriously hurt. Investigators said no one on board was wearing a life jacket.
Attorneys have requested all evidence connected to the case be preserved, including the boat and the break wall.
"We are investigating the circumstances and the possible pursuit of a wrongful death cause of action against all responsible parties," said a statement on behalf of the Przykuta family.
Przykuta, a 7th grade science teacher, taught in the Lancaster district for nearly 20 years. In addition to his work in the classroom, he also coached the modified lacrosse team and served as the Lancaster Central Teachers Association president for the past 10 years.
"On behalf of the wife, two young children, and family of Mr. Przykuta, we sincerely appreciate the prayers and support of the community during this extremely difficult time, and in the years to come that they suddenly now face without their husband, daddy, son and brother, who by all accounts, was an outstanding, hard working and well-respected coach and teacher in Lancaster," the statement said.