Texas Man Taunts Alligator and Jumps Into Water . . . Alligator Kills Man

2a362b1900000578-3148522-image-m-15_1435969408274In torts we often discussed plaintiff conduct questions such as assumption of the risk or comparative negligence. A case out of Texas shows how dominant such defenses can be in potential tort actions — negating any potential liability. Tommie Woodward, 28, suffered severe trauma after he reportedly ignored signs, staff warnings, and jumped into a Texas bayou after he taunted an alligator. You can guess the rest of the story.

2a362b1d00000578-3148522-image-a-16_1435969413693-1The marina put up signs saying that an alligator was seen in the area. Nevertheless, Woodward ignored the warnings of the employees at Burkhart’s Marina in Orange and went swimming around 2:30am. He immediately called for help and an unidentified woman entered the water to try to rescue him but returned.

Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price reported that “He said blank the alligators and thereupon jumped into the water.”

Woodward was the first person killed by an alligator in Texas since 1836.

73 thoughts on “Texas Man Taunts Alligator and Jumps Into Water . . . Alligator Kills Man”

  1. MikeA, LOL! I also noticed this is the same photo.

    Regarding this case. It occurred @ 2:30a which almost certainly means alcohol and or recreational drugs were involved. When I worked for a large insurance defense Chicago law firm as an investigator, they represented a manufacturer of in ground pools. I worked on many death, quadriplegic lawsuits. The facts were strikingly similar. White/males, 14-30, late night, alcohol involved, diving into the shallow end.

  2. “If his brain was money, he wouldn’t have enough to make a down payment on a free lunch”, as told to me by my father many years ago but still true.

    1. beakie, My wise old man had many sayings. One of my favorites is, “That guy has more balls than brains.”

    1. slohrss29 – don’t be knocking Old Milwaukee, it got me through some rough times. 😉 If you want to knock something, knock Coors Light.

  3. How would anyone know that this was the first gator killing of a human in Texas since 1836? When gators kill, they eat theiir prey. Few would know about the killings. Man or woman might go missing. But cause of death would be unknown.
    We have gators around here. I don’t go swimming. Not with bow legged women. I am not Popeye The Sailor Man and I don’t live in a big fat tree or eat all the birds and spit out their turds.

  4. Oh, this clown has earned an Irish Poem!

    Miss the Mississippiensis???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    There once was a redneck named Tommie,
    Who went thru life very aplombly!
    Warned of gators, he scoffed-
    As he wafted aloft. . .
    And he wound up as Gator Salami!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    Notes: The scientific name for American alligators “Alligator Mississippiensis.” Yes, there is such a thing as Alligator Salami. Yes, an “ly” suffix can turn a noun into an adjective.

  5. Based on what he said before he jumped in, perhaps he was looking for some alligator sex.

  6. It will be interesting to see if the family of the deceased files suit against the marina, especially if this individual purchased and consumed liquor at said facility and his altered state is argued to have contributed to his demise. Just an idea.

  7. Wait, isn’t that first picture the same as the guy they beached the hammerhead shark? I’m confused.

    1. Isn’t that the same guy JT did a story on where he supposedly was punching a hammerhead shark in the gills to “resuscitate” it? He finally met his match.

  8. Congratulations to the alligator. I hope this ugly and bitter individual does not cause to the innocent alligator a stomach ache!

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