Nick Papageorge's, Volunteer Whose Spine Broke Searching for Kyndall Jack, Sues Hiker
The call went out for volunteers to help search for Kyndall Jack and Nicholas Cendoya.
A young woman who got lost Easter Sunday 2013 while hiking in Trabuco Canyon with a friend who later admitted to drug possession is being sued by a volunteer who fell and suffered spinal injuries, but the lawsuit does not name the young man with the drugs as a co-defendant.
On Easter Sunday of 2013, Costa Mesa's Nic Cendoya and Kyndall Jack, 19 and 18 at the time respectively, set out on a relatively easy hike through Cleveland National Forest. They made an emergency call via a cell phone that night informing they were lost but the phone's battery died.
Cendoya was found weak and dehydrated on his fourth night in the canyon, and Jack was in a similar condition when she was airlifted out late the next morning, April 4. Sheriff's deputies later disclosed they'd found methamphetamine in Cendoya's empty car in a parking lot shortly after responding to the rescue.
Jack "headed out unprepared and unqualified to a remote and dangerous mountain area with the intent to take hallucinogenic drugs, knowing the likelihood of becoming disoriented, lost and requiring the subject rescue," alleges the negligence lawsuit filed against her in Orange County Superior Court on June 16. Her "willful conduct of placing herself in a recklessly dangerous situation caused the subject injury and devastation to plaintiff" Nick Papageorge's (yes, haters from previous stories, that is how he spells it).
Papageorge's suffered a broken spine after falling down a 110-foot cliff. He ultimately had to have titanium screws put in his back. No amount of damages is specified in his suit, although his attorney Eric Dubin claims his client's medical expenses exceeded $500,000. Dubin told City News Service he is hopeful Jack has insurance that can cover a damage award.