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Settlement would pay family $1.9 million in city truck death

Tue., June 2, 2009

The family and estate of a teen killed in 2007 when he was struck by a city recycling truck would be paid $1.9 million under a proposed settlement that will be considered next week by the Spokane City Council.

Andrew S. Rosell, 16, was walking across Nevada Street at Magnesium Avenue the afternoon of May 8, 2007, when he was hit by the truck, which was turning onto Nevada.

“It’s tragic what happened, and it sounds like we’ve reached a mutual understanding,” City Councilman Al French said. “If there’s a mutual understanding, I’m happy to support it.”

Under the agreement, the city would cover $1 million of the claim. The rest would be paid by the city’s insurance carrier, AIU Holdings.

The city’s portion will come out of a fund set aside to settle legal claims and lawsuits.

The driver of the truck, Chris Schoonover, was fined by police for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Rosell, a Colbert resident, was an avid snowboarder who had begun work to reroof a chairlift at the nonprofit Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park as part of a project to earn his Eagle Scout ranking.

Philip Thompson, an attorney working on behalf of the estate, said the settlement is based on Rosell’s potential earnings and the pain and suffering experienced by his parents, Brenda Prentice and Edwin Rosell.

“I’m glad for the sake of the family that it’s going to be settled,” City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin said.

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