Eugenia Cooney’s Death

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 22, 2023, at 07:23 a.m.

North Charleston, SC – If you are a YouTube watcher or you are on Twitch, you are probably familiar with the name Eugenia Cooney.

Eugenia Cooney is a YouTuber and social media personality known for her vlogs, makeup tutorials, and fashion hauls. Born on July 27, 1994, in Massachusetts, she gained significant attention on YouTube due to her thin appearance, which led to widespread concern about her health among viewers and other YouTubers. This concern has sparked numerous discussions and debates about body image, eating disorders, and the responsibilities of the social media platforms and in Eugenia’s case, her parents, specifically her mother.

Eugenia Cooney’s Start

Eugenia started her YouTube channel in 2011 which has grown to over 2 million followers. It seems that her followers are there for a variety of reasons. Some are genuinely concerned for her and express their concern to her in her live video and chat sessions. She often brushes off the comments with “I am fine” however, by looking at her appearance, her “fine” status could be questioned.

Eugenia Cooney’s 5150

If you have watched Eugenia throughout the years, you would see her with friends or talking about going out with friends. However, that has changed. In February 2019 Eugenia’s friends had asked her to go to an Escape Room with them. Instead of going to the Escape Room, they had set up and emergency psychiatric evaluation by, what is assumed to be, a Psychiatric Emergency Team (PET) of Los Angeles County. This PET Team is operated by a psychiatric hospital in order to assess people who may be in emergent danger of hurting themselves or others. Although Eugenia’s alleged condition was not emergent, it is seemingly an ongoing and progressive problem to which an assessment was warranted.

As a result of that assessment, Eugenia has stated that she was “[had] restraints put around her arms and carried away on a stretcher”. Eugenia’s friends had started the process of what is called a 5150.

What is a 5150?

A “5150” refers to a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code, which allows a person with a mental illness to be involuntarily detained for a 72-hour psychiatric hospitalization. A 5150 hold is initiated when there’s reason to believe that the person is a danger to themselves or others, or is gravely disabled due to their mental condition.

The term “5150” is often used colloquially to refer to someone being placed under a psychiatric hold or to describe someone’s mental state, especially in situations where they might be acting erratically or unpredictably. However, its official use is specific to the legal and medical processes in California related to involuntary psychiatric commitment.

Eugenia’s Social Life

Since that time, she does not seem to be socializing with friends as much and her main source of true human contact is her parents with whom she lives. She still frequently appears online though as it is likely that her is main source of income. As a result of watching Eugenia getting thinner and thinner, her audience has called in Los Angeles social services to do welfare checks. Eugenia does mention these meetings on her live chats and to date Los Angeles County has not initiated another 5150.

Eugenia and Shane Dawson

In 2019, Eugenia took a break from social media to focus on her health and later returned with a video in collaboration with Shane Dawson, a popular YouTuber, where she discussed her struggles and recovery journey. The video provided insight into her life and addressed some of the concerns that had been raised by the online community. It was clear that she was healthier at that time. Her face was a little more filled out and she looked healthy.

Eugenia’s Deterioration

Throughout the years, Eugenia’s audience has watched her deteriorate. The question about where her parents has been raised several times during her live views and by commentary channels. Her father seems to be distanced from all things Eugenia. He has made a few rare appearances but by voice only. Her mother, on the other hand, seems to be more involved. Some claiming her mother is too involved but not to the point where her mother is calling for help for her daughter that is clearly in a state of needing help. Some claim that part of Eugenia’s popularity is that it is a spectacle. However, with that popularity comes views and therefore money. The connection here, allegedly, is that Eugenia’s mother, or parents for that matter, are choosing not to get the help she needs because they are financially benefiting from Eugenia’s popularity.

What is the Legal Responsibility of Eugenia’s Parents in Her Death?

There are a few potential liabilities that parents of adult children with anorexia may face:

  • Financial liability – Parents may feel obligated to financially support their adult child’s living expenses, medical treatment, therapy, etc. However, legally they are not required to provide financial support once the child is over 18. In Eugenia’s case, it seems to be the other way around. Not quite what the DSM would term Munchausen but bordering what seems to be exploitation.
  • Emotional liability – Parents often feel guilty, worried, and emotionally drained from trying to help their child recover. This emotional toll can be significant. We do not know what occurs off-camera. Eugenia’s parents may be asking her to get help but they hands are tied as far as the ability to force her. They can redo the 5150 though and are choosing not to take that step. No one really knows why, we can only speculate.
  • Medical decision liability – If the adult child is not capable of making their own medical decisions, the parents may need to obtain legal authority, through power of attorney or conservatorship, to make decisions on their child’s behalf. This is a big responsibility. Once Eugenia either is showing signs of brain deterioration or falls into coma, the parents can intervene.
  • Housing liability – If the adult child lives with the parents, there could be liability risks associated with the child’s activities in the home, such as self-harm behaviors. Parents may also run into issues with insurance coverage. Eugenia does live with her parents. It is unlikely that insurance is an issue. Based on research, Eugenia makes plenty of money to afford medical help. However, if the parents are unable to access that money, they may not be able to assist. Again, once her parents can get legal authority, they will be able to access her bank accounts and pay her medical bills.
  • Treatment liability – Parents are limited in their ability to mandate their adult child receives treatment, so if the child refuses, the parents have little recourse. The parents cannot be held liable for an adult child’s personal choices.
  • Reputation liability – An adult child’s eating disorder may reflect poorly on the parents in the eyes of others who blame the parents for the child’s illness. But the parents are not legally liable for how others judge them.

The bottom line is parents of adults with anorexia often take on significant emotional, financial, and logistical burdens, but have limited legal liability. Their responsibility lies in providing as much love, support, and assistance as they can without jeopardizing their own well-being.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones of Eugenia Cooney, as well as her friends and fans. Watching the slow deterioration of a young, vibrant, kind woman is incredibly difficult to watch. We sincerely hope that Eugenia gets the help she needs very soon.

Fatal Single-Vehicle Accident Claims One Life in Orangeburg County

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 21, 2023, at 12:26 p.m.

A tragic incident was reported by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, indicating the loss of one life as a vehicle veered off the road near Interstate 95. Lance Cpl. Brittany Glover stated that this incident occurred around 8:02 p.m. on a Friday night, approximately six miles south of Santee. According to the official release, a 2007 Ford pickup truck, traveling eastbound on Highway 176, left the roadway, resulting in the vehicle overturning. Regrettably, the victim succumbed to their injuries at the scene. As of now, the identity of the victim remains undisclosed.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the family’s loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you been injured in a car accident or your loved one has suffered a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation with Charleston Personal Injury Attorney Frank Hartman.

A Berkeley County deputy sustained injuries in a hit-and-run crash while on duty

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 20, 2023, at 03:06 p.m.

On Friday morning, a deputy from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office sustained injuries after being struck by a vehicle while on duty. The incident occurred as the deputy was directing traffic at Whitesville Elementary School, as reported by Cpl. Carli Drayton. The sheriff’s office received notification of this incident shortly before 7:30 a.m., and unfortunately, the vehicle involved did not stop after the collision. The injured deputy, who also serves as a School Resource Officer, was subsequently transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is currently investigating this case as a hit-and-run, and individuals with information are encouraged to contact them.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the deputy and the deputy’s loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you been injured in a hit-and-run accident or your loved one has suffered a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation with Charleston Personal Injury Attorney Frank Hartman.

6-year-old boy killed in a golf cart accident in Summerville, SC

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 19, 2023, at 04:26 p.m.

A tragic incident occurred as a 6-year-old boy from South Carolina, Aarow Robinson of Summerville, lost his life in a golf cart accident. According to the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office, the accident happened when young Aarow fell from the golf cart and was unintentionally struck, resulting in his untimely passing. The authorities were alerted, and the incident occurred on North Creek Drive in Summerville, with the coroner’s office responding to an emergency room call just before 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If your child has been injured or suffered a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation with Charleston Personal Injury Attorney Frank Hartman.

State officials are probing a boating death in Charleston Harbor

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 16, 2023, at 11:2 1 a.m.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is looking into a boating death that occurred in Charleston Harbor.

While specific details about the incident remain limited, the Department of Natural Resources clarified in a post on the social media platform X (previously known as Twitter) that the accident on Oct. 15 didn’t result from a collision.

In a related incident reported by Kailey Cota from The Post and Courier, the Coast Guard saved two individuals from a sinking boat near Georgetown.

Regarding the Charleston Harbor incident, one individual fell overboard but was retrieved. However, they later became unresponsive and subsequently passed away, as conveyed by DNR spokesperson Stephen Fastenau on Oct. 16.

The investigation is ongoing, and an autopsy is anticipated. The identity of the deceased has yet to be disclosed by the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a boat accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Sunday 10/15/2023 Car Accident on Highway I-26

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 15, 2023, at 15:0 1p.m.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reports a vehicular accident on I-26 eastbound on Sunday.

The incident occurred between 3 miles east of exit 187 and 1 mile east of exit 194 on I-26 eastbound, according to SCDOT.

Details regarding potential injuries are not yet available.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Saturday 10/14/2023 Car Accident on Highway 17

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 15, 2023, at 09:23 a.m.

North Highway 17 is now open following a vehicular accident on Saturday evening.

The incident occurred at the intersection of North Highway 17, Belk Drive, and Theatre Drive, leading to a temporary road closure, as reported by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

Details regarding the number of vehicles involved or potential injuries remain uncertain.

The road was cleared and reopened shortly after midnight on Sunday, according to the police department.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Umbrella Company Denies Negligence Claims

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 13, 2023, at 09:23 a.m.

Garden City Beach, SC – East Coast Umbrella Inc., the manufacturer of the umbrella that fatally injured Tammy Perreault in Garden City last year, has refuted all claims of negligence in a lawsuit filed by her husband, Michael Perreault. The tragic incident, which took place on August 10, 2022, saw Tammy Perreault being struck in the chest by a wind-propelled umbrella. The event garnered significant media attention, and her death was deemed accidental by authorities.

However, Michael Perreault initiated a lawsuit on August 15, alleging that the company sold a product with a “spear-like” design. In their defense, presented on October 2, the North Carolina-based company outlined 13 potential defenses, primarily emphasizing the lack of evidence to establish their liability. They also suggested that the incident might be viewed as an “act of God,” which could exempt them from responsibility.

In his legal complaint, Michael Perreault claimed that the umbrella did not have adequate safety measures to remain fixed in the sand and that the company failed to provide any warnings about potential risks if the umbrella was not properly anchored. He further accused East Coast Umbrella of producing a design that was “dangerously flawed, insufficient, unsafe, and defective,” particularly pointing to its “spear-like” tip.

Michael Perreault emphasized that they were unaware of the umbrella’s alleged defects when the accident occurred, holding these defects responsible for his wife’s demise. The lawsuit states that he has suffered immense emotional distress, anxiety, and grief due to the loss of his wife and seeks compensation for the same.

While Michael Perreault and his lawyer, Ian Maguire, chose not to comment on the matter, East Coast Umbrella Inc. defended its products, stating they adhere to industry standards. They also proposed that the mishap might have resulted from misuse of the umbrella.

Michael Perreault has requested a jury trial and is pursuing damages. East Coast Umbrella aims to transfer the case to a federal court, citing the significant amount of damages sought and the different states of residence for the plaintiff and the company.

In a related development, Michael Perreault settled with Beach Services Ltd., an umbrella rental firm, in July. The specifics of this settlement remain undisclosed.

Following Tammy Perreault’s death, Horry County has refrained from altering its beach shading regulations. The county permits only umbrellas measuring 7 to 9 feet in diameter during the peak summer months and prohibits large tents or wind-driven shading devices.

From 2010 to 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that approximately 2,800 individuals received treatment for injuries caused by wind-driven umbrellas.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Car Crash on I-20 near Exit 1

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 13, 2023, at 09:01 a.m.

Major Overnight Crash Blocks Lanes on I-20 Near Columbia, SC

A serious multi-vehicle collision occurred late last night on Interstate 20 near exit 1 in Columbia, fully blocking all lanes for several hours. The crash was reported at 11:56 pm on Tuesday evening.

South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene. As of this morning, details regarding any injuries and the condition of those involved have not yet been released. The cause of the accident also remains under investigation.

Initial reports indicate multiple vehicles were struck in the rear-end collision. Highway patrol has barred public access to the crash site while authorities examine evidence and remove damaged vehicles.

The interstate closure caused major traffic delays and congestion overnight. Motorists reported extensive backups and standstill traffic lasting through the early morning commute.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is leading the ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash. Further updates will be provided once additional details and information become available. The public is asked to avoid speculation until the facts are confirmed.

There is no word yet on when all lanes of I-20 near exit 1 will fully reopen. Officials recommend drivers steer clear of the area and plan alternate routes if possible this morning.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the victims of this accident and the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.

Two Seriously Injured in Early Morning Collision on Johns Island

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The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 11, 2023, at 11:28 a.m.

John’s Island, SC – A major two-vehicle crash occurred early Tuesday morning on Johns Island, South Carolina, leaving both drivers hospitalized with serious injuries.

Around 2:30am, St. John’s Fire District responded to the intersection of Main and Chisolm Roads near River Road. Upon arrival, they found two severely damaged vehicles with one driver trapped inside each car.

Firefighters worked quickly to extricate the victims from the wreckage. Both were then transported by EMS to nearby hospitals for emergency treatment. The extent of their injuries is currently unknown.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the collision to determine its cause. Main and Chisolm Roads were closed for several hours after the crash to allow investigators to process the scene.

In addition to St. John’s Fire District, the Charleston Fire Department, St. Andrews Fire Department and Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad all provided crucial assistance with the urgent response and rescue efforts.

Authorities are still working to notify the families of the victims. The serious late-night collision serves as an important reminder about the dangers of driving at high speeds and the importance of buckling up.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is very sorry to the victims of this accident and the loved ones who are having to go through this challenging time. If you have been the victim of a car accident or a wrongful death, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.