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Family of teen who died in football log drill files lawsuit

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The family of a 16-year-old New York boy who died when a log fell on his head during a preseason high school football drill on Long Island has filed a $15 million lawsuit.

Joshua Mileto was carrying a 400-pound log with four other players when it somehow fell and killed him.

Newsday reports the lawsuit filed Wednesday cites negligence by the Sachem Central School District and Sachem East Touchdown Club Inc.

A district spokeswoman said officials have not received a copy of the lawsuit. An attorney representing Sachem East Touchdown Club did not immediately return calls for comment

The Aug. 10 tragedy led to the removal of the high school’s head football coach and an assistant.

Experts questioned the wisdom of having teenagers perform an exercise developed for Navy SEALs.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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