Harrison County

He died at a Biloxi Mardi Gras parade. Here’s why his family thinks the city should pay.

A lawsuit has been filed nine months after a 20-year-old Ocean Springs man died after being impaled on rebar during a Biloxi Mardi Gras parade.

The mother of an Ocean Springs man’s youngest son is suing the city of Biloxi over Braydon Lynn Hester’s death.

The lawsuit, filed in Circuit Court in Biloxi, accuses the city of negligence. City workers installed the rebar, draped with caution tape, to keep spectator vehicles out of neutral ground under the Interstate 110 bridge, where the parade passes.

Hester fell onto a rebar spike from the back of a pickup truck parked at the curb on Feb. 28 — he was watching the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade with friends. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Biloxi Regional Medical Center.

The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the youngest of his two sons, born only a week before he died. Toxicology tests showed Hester had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he died, his mother later told the Sun Herald for a story about her son.

The lawsuit says the city acted negligently by:

▪  Constructing a fence of rebar debris

▪  Violating federal rules by failing to put safety caps on the rebar to prevent impalement

▪  Failing to assess the risk the rebar posed to Hester and others at the special event

▪  Obstructing a walkway with the rebar fence.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Ben Galloway of Owen, Galloway & Myers in Gulfport, seeks unspecified damages.

The city has not yet responded to the lawsuit, which represents only one party’s view of the case.