The lawsuit, filed in state circuit court Tuesday, makes two major accusations: U.S. Security Associates Inc., the company that provided security guards at the entrance of Alaqua Lakes, knew Erving was on the property that day, should never have let him on the property and, once he went missing, never told anyone that he had been there. Blood test results indicated that the youngster had been consuming cocaine 28-48 hours before the accident. Both parents were convinced that their son had already left the addiction behind and that he was drugs free. Jeanette Pierre, a friend of Cory's, told investigators that Cory had once taken her on a wild ride through that undeveloped area in his mother's Mercedes Benz, spinning doughnuts and veering off the road. The teenager's friends remembered him as a cheerful young man who used to play tricks on his friends and teachers at school. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. S A N F O R D, Fla., Aug. 2, 2000 -- The youngest son of NBA legend Julius “Dr. At the funeral, his brother Julius III said: “I took Cory’s life for granted. In the lawsuit, the Hall of Fame player makes such company responsible for his son’s accident because they did not properly put a warning signal in the area. Singer Patti LaBelle, a family friend, performed "The Lord's Prayer," and other celebrities and friends joined family members. Although small amounts of cocaine were found in Cory Erving's body, Eslinger said that he probably ingested the drug two or three days before the incident and it wouldn't have affected his driving ability. The car was found with all four doors locked and the ignition on. Investigators concluded he was doing the same thing he had often done before -- taking a shortcut home on a dirt road used by Alaqua Lakes construction crews. In addition, a security guard let his son in and did not inform him when the search for the teenager began. Developer Taylor Woodrow Communities GP didn't have adequate fences or other barricades to keep people out and failed to post warnings that its property was dangerous. Cory's sister broke down in tears, while older brother, Cheo, apologized for not giving him the best example. Jules Erving of Holy Innocents Episcopal (Atlanta, Ga.) has game like his father. 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On the other hand, the amount found in the body would not be relevant to the accident that the boy suffered. It seems that Julius and Turquoise's youngest son was disoriented by some logs of wood placed on the road and when he saw the water it was too late to stop. Keith Bass, president of Taylor Woodrow Homes of Florida Inc., a partner in the development company, would not comment Wednesday, saying he hadn't seen the lawsuit. Erving's home was in a neighboring subdivision, Alaqua. However, a sheriff's investigator interviewed security guard Shantel Crosby, who was working at the guardhouse on the day Cory Erving disappeared said a black male she didn't know drove up in a black car, asked for permission to drive in, and she let him. An accident reconstruction expert estimated his speed the day he drowned at about 35 mph. Two years after the accident, the former NBA player filed a lawsuit against the security company that worked in real estate development and construction. "We never suspected he was on the property," Vincent Farrell, local operations manager for U.S. Security, said Wednesday. The boy had gone out on the afternoon of May 28, 2000 to buy bread near his home and never came back. Erving said he still doesn't know why Erving wasn't able to escape from the vehicle. Order for $39.95. The pond was in an undeveloped section of Alaqua Lakes, a wooded area where brush was pushed into piles to be burned. Neither did his attorney, Madison B. McClellan of Stuart. Cory was on his way home by a route he had apparently used before. For five weeks, former NBA player, Julius Erving, and his wife, Turquoise, were only hoping that their youngest son, Cory, would return home. Investigators say he used a dirt road linking Alaqua Lakes to Erving's home in Alaqua. "We don't have a theory," he said. Erving has spoken about his faith, saying, "After searching for the meaning of life for over ten years, I found the meaning in Jesus Christ." The disappearance of the boy triggered one of the largest nationwide search and the despair of his parents. It only took 3 minutes for the car to be completely submerged with water. For five weeks, former NBA player, Julius Erving, and his wife, Turquoise, were only hoping that their youngest son, Cory, would return home. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. The lake inspection company may have been named because its employees did not spot the car in the water, although they had checked the pond for environmental and irrigation problems several days after the accident. Erving is a Christian. After finding his body inside a car submerged in a pond just a mile from his family ‘s home, a public memorial service, attended by more than 1,500 people, was held to honor the 19-year-old son of the basketball legend. SANFORD -- Basketball legend Julius Erving has filed a lawsuit against a security guard company and the developer of Alaqua Lakes, blaming them for … Julius Erving, a former NBA All-Star with the Philadelphia 76ers and now executive vice president of the Orlando Magic, did not return phone calls. This and other moments of Erving’s tumultuous life are outlined in the biography he wrote. In the book, he honestly talks about his marital problems, his infidelities, illegitimate children, and other issues. The last time he was seen was on May 29 by his co-workers at a restaurant caf. His body was found five weeks later a half-mile from his home when the Seminole County Sheriff's Office dragged a small irrigation pond and found his car at the bottom. In early June, Julius Erving notified the media of that his son was missing. The last time he was seen was on May 29 by his co-workers at a restaurant caf. They both prayed for their son to return safely home with his family. I Image: Getty Images. The teenager was driving without a seat belt and with the seat reclined. The 6-foot-5 senior forward is averaging 17.3 points, … "Apollo 50," our hardcover book about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, has been released. J." SANFORD -- Basketball legend Julius Erving has filed a lawsuit against a security guard company and the developer of Alaqua Lakes, blaming them for the death of his 19-year-old son, who drove into a retention pond and drowned two years ago. It also names a land-clearing company and a lake inspection company. Own a piece of history! ", Audience Relations, CBC P.O. An autopsy found a small amount of cocaine in his blood, but officials concluded it was not a factor in the accident. Investigators determined that Cory was taking a shortcut home and although he had taken the route a number of times, piles of cut-down trees and underbrush obscured his view of the pond until it was too late. I promise I won’t take anyone else’s life for granted.”. There was conflicting information, though, about what the security company knew. The windows of the Volkswagen Passat were slightly open and the four doors were locked. J” Erving died of accidental drowning when he inadvertently drove his car into a retention pond, the Seminole County sheriff ruled today. "We cannot speculate on why he did not exit that vehicle. This time, though, investigators theorized, he didn't see the pond, maybe because of debris piled up beside the road, and plunged into the water. Cory Erving disappeared May 28, 2000, setting off a major manhunt and weeks of agony for his family. In early June, Julius Erving notified the media of that his son was missing. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. His body was found July 6 in a pond a kilometre from the Erving home. We and other data collection technologies to provide the best experience for our customers. The final report ends the investigation into Erving's mysterious disappearance and subsequent death two months ago. Erving retired in 1987 and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1993, since then he keeps being linked to the basketball as a sportscaster and sports executive. 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Erving had previously revealed that his son had been struggling for years to recover from a substance abuse problem. Son of Julius Erving died of accidental drowning, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices.

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