Depositions begin in Viscome civil suit

(08/12/03) WHITE PLAINS - The civil lawsuit against the teens who were at the underage drinking party where Rob Viscome lost his life after being punched got underway Tuesday.

Robert and Gloria Viscome say the lawsuit is not about money even though they are seeking monetary damages. They say the suit is about forcing the teens at the party to tell them exactly what happened the day their son died at a Harrison home on April 23, 2002.

All the parents know about that day is that classmate Patrick Rukaj punched Rob who then fell, hit his head on a concrete patio and began foaming at the mouth. But no one called for help. Rukaj pleaded guilty to assault for punching Rob. Rob's mom wants to know where things went so terribly wrong.

There were more than a dozen teens at the party that day. Fourteen are named in the lawsuit. The Viscome family is seeking punitive and compensatory damages for the assault on Rob and the events that followed.

The Viscomes know the lawsuit will not help ease the pain of losing their son, but they hope it will bring out some answers about that fateful day.

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