North Wildwood, New Jersey Seek to Dismiss 2012 Sand Collapse Lawsuit

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A New Jersey judge will hear arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit involving a Jersey Shore beach where three people died when the sand collapsed under their feet as they walked along the shoreline in two separate incidents.

North Wildwood and the State of New Jersey want Superior Court Judge John Poto to dismiss the lawsuit from the family of Brad Smith, of Pennsylvania, who died in 2012.

He was walking in ankle-deep water with his daughter when the sand collapsed plunging them into the swirling waters.

A passer-by on a personal watercraft rescued the girl, but Smith ultimately drowned.

Three years earlier, a similar incident claimed the lives of Jamila Watkins and 15-year-old Shayne Hart.


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