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DJ Laz Being Sued by Mother of Boat Accident Victim

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The mother of the victim of a fatal accident involving a boat being driven by DJ Laz has filed suit against the popular radio personality. Maricel Valdez is seeking damages following the death of her 23-year-old son Ernesto Hernandez that names Laz (real named Lazaro Mendez), Voli Spirits, Park Street Imports, and Plantation Boat Mart and Marina as defendants.

See also: DJ Laz Driving Boat That Killed Man Who Got Caught in Propeller

On Sunday, Laz held a boating party on Nixon Sandbar off of Key Biscayne in order to promote Voli Vodka, a low calorie vodka co-owned by Pitbull. His 40-foot power boat got stuck on the sandbar and several people tried to dislodge the vessel. Hernandez ended up behind the boat and got caught in the propellers. He was airlifted to a hospital but later pronounced dead.

Laz is said to be cooperating fully with the investigation. He voluntarily gave a blood sample to investigators, though the toxicology reports could take weeks to come back.

He also released the following statement on Facebook this week:

"I am incredibly distraught over the unfortunate accident that occurred yesterday at Nixon Beach. My family and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ernesto Hernandez; they are in our thoughts and prayers. I have and will continue to fully cooperate with investigators during this time."

Laz has not been charged, but charges could be forthcoming depending on the results of the investigation.

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L D Cormican III
L D Cormican III

Where is the guy that tripped and pushed or fell into him

ojosloco
ojosloco

Thats twice now that two people are killed due to this man. Hes irresponsible and in my opinion should be charged with murder.

You don't let people get behind your boat and start to Rev the engines.

He could of very easily called Sea Tow. Especially when your DJ. Laz and have Money.

Now an innocent young man is dead.

Be more responsible. And get some common sense.

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

I've seen many almost accidents that could have ended this way because a person thought they were helping and almost walked into a prop or almost got crushed between two boats. When boats are stuck on a sandbar, you can't have a bunch of people helping all over the place with the motor running. If you can't rock the boat off the bar without turning the engines on, you DON'T try to use them to force the boat off in reverse- or you risk ruining the engines with kicked up sand into the intakes. If you are that stuck, you have another boat tow you off or you wait for the tide to come back in. The other problem with cranking the engines is that you can not hear anyone and they can't hear you. At all. This sounds like a very unfortunate clusterfuck which had a bunch of people with competing theories on how to dislodge the boat participating and causing confusion....and the end result was that someone was killed.

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

Comon sense says if someone is behind your boat dont put in gear

Malcolm Gonzales
Malcolm Gonzales

Common sense tells me that any time you're going to gun your outboard motors with a lots of people around, especially in the back, you must check to make sure that no one's close to the props. Either way, he's the captain of the boat and it's his responsibility.

Millie Santana
Millie Santana

Maybe he didn't even know that guy was there. If he was looking at his group out of the way,where did this guy come from?!?

Peter Diaz
Peter Diaz

As a boat captain, you don't LET anyone behind your boat w- 3 outboards at full throttle.. That irresponsible. Helping or Not Helping..

Millie Santana
Millie Santana

Common sense says "You don't push a boat from the back". I don't understand why Lazaro Mendez is being held responsible?!?

Jorge F. Jorge
Jorge F. Jorge

It was just a matte. of time. No one forced they guy to push the boat from behind, next to the propeller. No way in hell I would to that.

Abby Drake
Abby Drake

The boat got stuck on the shore! The kid jumped behind it to unstick it and got killed by the propeller. There wasnt a crash it was an accident. No one forced the kid to put himself in harms way! Read what actually happened before making an opinion

George Hoover
George Hoover

Not for nothing but the cops should be sued too for not testing him for DUI!!! He was driving a Vodka Boat for Pete's sake!

Alicyn Munoz
Alicyn Munoz

I feel sorry for the family but the kid shouldn't have been next to the propeller. Drunk people lose all common sense. This will settle out of court.

alexdaguer
alexdaguer

I hope that something positive comes out of all this. dj Laz has been an overall positive influence to the local community. Accidents happen and drugs (alcohol) is accepted by most in this society. No one is perfect. RIP to the young man who got caught in the propeller and killed and most important to his family. All that other stuff some of these classless people are talking about is bs.

Jazeroks Oner
Jazeroks Oner

I bet he is paying top dollar for pics of him drinking on the boat.

Jorge Garcia Jr
Jorge Garcia Jr

Moron with a lawsuit! Hope he has to pay! People that have no boating knowledge shouldn't be allowed to handle them! What a moron!

Deejay Icue
Deejay Icue

It was an Accident! Dj laz wasn't trying to cut it! A man dead sad. R.i.p. I didn't know him. Sad story. Peace.

Taylor Llamas
Taylor Llamas

People are always looking to make money! Your son gets killed in an ACCIDENT. And you go and sue the vodka company too?

Yesenia Wellington
Yesenia Wellington

He should have reached out to family immediately and offered to pay for funeral. From what I understand he did not consent to alcohol test on the spot.

Orlando Martinez Jr.
Orlando Martinez Jr.

We knew that was coming... Lawyers must have been chasing that family since DJ Laz has money... Now he has to transfer property to wife or trust.. Sux cuz DJ Las is a really good guy n would help anyone when he can. Only met him once but nice guy to hangout with..

Courtney KickPush Mitchell
Courtney KickPush Mitchell

He should have stayed in Cali! He is so negative and always has some stupid message for the kids that is worthless!

Alejandro Cruz
Alejandro Cruz

Damn Miami doesn't waste time when it comes to lawsuits. $$$$ #priorities

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

sounds like a good lawsuit, his company MMG is backed up by pitbull so you know there is money there

Tony Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez

As he should be. His carelessness caused a life to be lost. A tragic accident yes, but completely avoidable. He needs to be held accountable.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Not surprised, he HAS money. But there's likely a case for concurrent negligence on the part of the victim. Let's see what happens.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Sued? He should be arrested. Cops botched the investigation.

Gordie J Mccann
Gordie J Mccann

Should be sued plain stupidity stupid people should not be allowed to operate boats period

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

If he was the captain it was his fault and is responsible for damages

power96
power96

I think anytime there's a fatality accident - they're required to draw blood sample...not just breathalyzer.

Johnny Bananas
Johnny Bananas

thanks to lawyers that is what this world has come to

raquelaspuru
raquelaspuru

My sentiments exactly..

And less than 1 week after the death. I mean for chris sakes have some decorum and wait a while to file suit. At least give the flowers time to dry up.

raquelaspuru
raquelaspuru

True. But what about common sense. Adults should have it

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