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      Prominent Dawson citizen being sued for wrongful death

      Nearly two years after the death of 9-year-old Jakob Peters his parents have filed a wrongful death suit against the land's owner, Barney Parnacott, who also serves as Dawson City Manager / File

      Nearly two years after the death of 9-year-old Jakob Peters, his parents have filed a wrongful death suit against a prominent Dawson citizen.

      In June of 2011, Peters was swimming in a man-made pond that was on private land owned by Barney Parnacott, who serves as Dawson City Manager, when he stepped on a channel, slipped underwater and drowned. Two years later,

      Jakob's parents Jacob and Patti Peters have filed a lawsuit against Parnacott alleging he didn't use proper precautions with his property.

      According to the paperwork, the Peters family says Parnacott knew the pond was accessible to kids who lived nearby, and whether or not they trespassed while swimming in the water, he should have used safety precautions like a fence or getting rid of it altogether.

      The paperwork estimates Jakob, who was reportedly healthy before the accident, would've lived for another 68 years and calls for a jury trial to decide how much the Peters family should receive as compensation. The family also asks for Parnacott to pay for the more than $9,000 in funeral costs.

      FOX 31 reached out to Parnacott who acknowledges he received the paperwork Thursday morning and calls the death a tragic accident but says he's not willing to comment on he plans to handle the lawsuit.
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