Family of Elk Grove Village woman killed in Florida Keys parasailing incident files new lawsuit

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Thursday, June 8, 2023
Family of woman killed in parasailing incident files new lawsuit
The family of Elk Grove Village woman Supraja Alaparthi is filing a new lawsuit over her death while parasailing in the Florida keys.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The family of an Elk Grove Village woman who died and whose son and nephew were injured in a parasailing incident in the Florida Keys last year, will file a new lawsuit over her death.

Supraja Alaparthi, 33, her 10-year-old son and 7-year-old nephew were in a harness, in the air when court documents say the parasail began "pegging," meaning the parasail turned into the high winds and dragging the boat.

An earlier lawsuit claimed the boat captain took them out in bad weather and cut the line tethering Alaparthi and the children to the boat. Florida authorities said Alaparthi and the two children were dropped and dragged through the water for two miles before colliding with the Old Seven Mile Bridge.

Family of mother killed in Florida parasailing accident files lawsuit

The captain was charged with one count of manslaughter and five counts of violating commercial parasailing statutes.

According to the charges, weather and wind speed are a "key contributing factor" in this incident.

Alaparthi left behind her husband and two children. Her husband described to Good Morning America what he thought as the incident happened, and you can watch his full interview on GMA Thursday morning at 7 a.m. after Eyewitness News This Morning.