COUNCIL APPROVES SLED LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT

COUNCIL APPROVES SLED LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT

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THE SIOUX CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A NEARLY 479-THOUSAND DOLLAR SETTLEMENT TO A MAN WHO WAS SEVERELY INJURED IN A SLEDDING ACCIDENT AT SERTOMA PARK. 

DAVID ROSALEZ SUSTAINED A SPINAL CORD INJURY IN JANUARY 2008 WHEN HE SLID BACKWARDS INTO A PARKING SIGN.

THE 38 YEAR OLD ROSALEZ AND HIS FAMILY FILED A LAWSUIT FOR NEARLY TW0-POINT-SEVEN-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS AGAINST THE CITY IN JANUARY OF 2010.

HIS ATTORNEY, ROBERT TIEFENTHALER, TOLD COUNCIL MEMBERS THE SERTOMA PARK HILL STILL ISN’T SAFE FOR SLEDDING:

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MAYOR BOB SCOTT SAYS THERE’S NO PERFECT SOLUTION TO ENSURE EVERYONE’S SAFETY, AND QUESTIONED IF SLEDDING SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN CITY PARKS:

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COUNCILMAN TOM PADGETT TOLD TIEFENTHALER THE CITY ALSO CAN’T STOP PEOPLE FROM SLEDDING IN AREAS THEY’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE AT:

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THE CITY’S INSURANCE CARRIER WILL PAY NEARLY TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO ROSALEZ. A THIRD PARTY WILL PAY 300-THOUSAND.

THE CITY HAS FILED THIRD PARTY PETITIONS AGAINST AQUA-LEISURE INDUSTRIES WHICH MANUFACTURED THE SNOW TUBE ROSALEZ WAS SLEDDING ON AND AGAINST WAL-MART, WHICH SOLD THE TUBE