Family of Va. man struck-killed by city truck accepts settlement of settle $500.000 www.privateofficer.com
Circuit Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. initially rejected the settlement during a hearing Monday after Michael Knockett’s three biological children had said they agreed to accept $900,000. But the family reconvened about 15 minutes after changing their minds, and accepted the $500,000 instead of taking the wrongful-death lawsuit to a jury.
A trash truck ran over Knockett as he slept on a chair on the beach in June 2010.
The city will pay $475,000 and the contractor will cover the remaining $25,000, according to The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/OjuVzZ).
City attorney Christopher Boynton denies that the city and its contractor offered to pay the higher sum.