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Monday, May 08, 2006

Update on Kyle Lake Tragedy

Kylelake[Houston Chronicle]  WACO - The family of a pastor who was electrocuted during a baptism in front of 800 church members has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against an electrical contractor.

Jennifer Lake, widow of the Rev. Kyle Lake, pastor of University Baptist Church, is suing MP Electric Inc. of Waco, seeking unspecified damages on behalf of herself and their three children.

The lawsuit alleges MP Electric was negligent in the design, assembly and installation of the church baptistry heaters, resulting in the electrocution death of the 33-year-old pastor during an Oct. 30 baptism.

MP Electric owner Mark Perry deferred comment on the lawsuit to Dallas attorney Jim Grau.

"MP Electric is saddened by the death of Pastor Kyle Lake and the tragic loss experienced by his family and church members," Grau said, declining further comment.

Lake's parents, David and Shirley Lake of Tyler, also are plaintiffs in the suit, filed this week by attorney Ralph McBride of the Houston-based law firm Bracewell & Giuliani.

According to the lawsuit, both baptistry heaters reportedly overheated sometime before Lake's death. That allegedly caused severe damage and exposed the electrical components to direct contact with the water passing through the heater pipes.

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I think the death is tragic, but I'm always wary of lawsuits. If the idea is to force the electric company to be more conscientious, then I'm all for it. But if it's for the easy money... Of course, I don't know any of the parties involved, but I am just a little frustrated to hear about so many Christians suing left and right...

Posted by: Daniel | May 8, 2006 1:42:00 PM

Law suit, ok. Who was incharge of inspecting the faulty heaters? Elders, maintenance, deacons? An electrical contractor? Hope all works out for the best.

Posted by: Jay Gainer | May 8, 2006 1:53:05 PM

What has happened to the idea that sometimes there are just terrible accidents? It is tragic, but it is an accident? I grieve for this family, and the loss they have experienced. Is it always someone's fault. What happens if it turns out that the church did not maintain the equipment properly? Everything is not always someone's fault.

Posted by: Kent | May 8, 2006 2:40:04 PM

True, everything is not always someone's fault... but c'mon, in this case for someone to die in the Baptistmal pool... that is what we engineers call a "design flaw" for such a thing to e-v-e-r happen.

Lawsuit? Well, maybe so. I'm sure they didn't tread into it lightly. It's not my place to say that they should or should not file a suit.

I am saying that somebody somewhere screwed up in the design for this to ever happen.

Posted by: Paul McDonald | May 8, 2006 3:15:35 PM

If it is truly a design flaw, then she has every right to sue. Who is going to pay her mortgage and help send her children to university...?

Posted by: Donnie | May 8, 2006 3:55:09 PM

All emotions aside, can someone give me a biblical reference that gives us a right to sue?

I am serious about this because my understanding of the scriptures is that we are not to sue anyone for any reason.



Posted by: Ed Mooneyhan | May 8, 2006 5:22:06 PM

We don't know the circumstances that forced their decision to sue. Perhaps their life insurance company has forced this issue? We just don't know.

As far as verse about suing people... I think the principles of Duet 25:1-2 still apply.

We're left with little else but to trust the Lake family is being honorable before the Father. Let's not forget that while this was obviously an accident, a man did die.

Posted by: adam | May 9, 2006 8:09:03 AM

Biblical references to sue? Sure Ed...

In the wilderness, Moses was spending a lot of his time resolving disputes between people. God then told him to delegate the process of resolving disputes to others.

Y'see, God knows that we are going to have disputes and sometimes we need to take action on those.

I'm not saying sue everyone for everything. I'm just saying that a lawsuit may indeed be a proper method for resolving some disputes, and God has accounted for those.

Posted by: Paul McDonald | May 9, 2006 3:23:36 PM

I think that we can talk about this all day long, but I think we have to remember that a young wife lost her young husband. It is a lot easier to sit in a position of judgment when we are not the ones who had this very personal loss. If there was faulty wiring, they have every right to sue. Kyle's survivors must be provided for...

Posted by: Neil | May 9, 2006 4:51:51 PM

Not being insensitive Neil. I am just looking for answers to the lawsuit thing. I know it's off the original post.

Now, can anyone give me a New Testament reference? I believe the OT is valid, but so far all I've been givin is Jewish laws. We are not under law. And we don't live according to the law. What does the NT teach about such matters?

If this is no good for the post, then email me with your reply.



Posted by: Ed | May 12, 2006 6:10:30 PM

Things do not "just happen." Apart from miracles, there are physical causes for events like this tragedy. An investigation will reveal whether or not the electrical installation was according to "code" or not. If it was, then the contractor was not a contributing cause to this death and should be held blameless.

Posted by: Harvey | May 15, 2006 3:42:51 PM

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