The family of a 29-year-old Jefferson County man killed while driving home from the River City Casino after midnight settled a wrongful death claim against the other driver for $5 million. The settlement agreement keeps the names of both drivers as well as the defense attorney confidential, said plaintiff’s attorney Gary Burger. He described the case as follows:
He described the case as follows:
The victim was leaving the south St. Louis Casino in the early morning of June 15, 2013 when his SUV was hit by a tractor-trailer as he tried to turn left onto Broadway Avenue from River City Casino Boulevard. The SUV driver- who had a green light – was hit by a fully loaded tractor-trailer traveling south on Broadway, Burger said. The truck driver also died.
A lawsuit was initially filed in St. Louis Circuit Court but transferred to federal court since the two sides had complete diversity of citizenship. Burger said the SUV driver was a construction worker and single father raising a 4-year-old son. The agreement included a structured settlement to benefit the child.
Burger said the SUV driver was a construction worker and single father raising a 4-year-old son. The agreement included a structured settlement to benefit the child. “He was a fantastic father and had raised his child by himself since [the boy] was 3 weeks old.” said Burger. The defense attorney confirmed the settlement details but declined further comment.