Family of Dead Wofford Student Considering Legal Action

A lawyer representing the estate of the late Randall Heffron is investigating whether a lawsuit is appropriate against multiple parties.

An attorney representing the family of , a 20-year-old Wofford College tennis player who last year, confirmed Friday that he was investigating whether the family should pursue legal action because of the young man's death.

"I am investigating the potential for legal action on behalf of the Estate
against Wofford, EMS and Spartanburg Regional, but no final decision on
filing suit or who the parties would be has been made at this time," said Frederick Jekel, a Mount Pleasant attorney.

Heffron, a who stood out as a tennis player while at Bishop England High School at Daniel Island, died Sept. 10, 2011, when he choked on pizza he'd been eating with friends. The coroner later revealed that a vomiting episode may have led to Heffron's aspiration of the food. Heffron had a , more then three times the state's legal definition of intoxication.

Still, Heffron's mother, Robin, has made it clear that she thought there were made during the of her son that night. Among them was the presumption that Heffron's loss of conciousness on the night of his death was brought on solely by acute intoxication, rather than the actual cause — airway obstruction. The audio from a 911 call made by a Wofford College police officer confirms authorities who first encountered Heffron believed he was suffering from alcohol-related distress.

Wofford College, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and EMS have not yet responded to Patch's request for comment. No lawsuit has been filed at this time.

Robin Heffron May 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Andrew, I think to be "fair" to Randall you should refer to the BAC and vomitting as "alleged". Using the term "may" should tell you that there are other things that "may" have happened as well. Including the Coroner dismissing an 11 year veteran investigator who was with us at the hospital the night Randall died and who also was present when samples were taken that morning as well as present to see the conditions where Randall died that night. Once she was dismissed for reasons we still do not fully understand the integrity of the investigation was lost.


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