St. Louis County Board reaches settlement in wrongful death case

By KBJR News 1

August 12, 2014 Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Saint Louis County Board has agreed to pay the family of Hannah Wilson $100,000 after she died in a car crash in 2012 on the Iron Range.

On September 19, 2012, 16-year-old Hannah Wilson was driving on Highway 53 near Industrial Park Drive and Hat Trick Avenue in Eveleth where construction going on.

Her car was struck by another car driven by Jeffery Reed.
Wilson was taken to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

Wilson's parents filed a lawsuit against Saint Louis County, and several other defendants, claiming the improper placement of road signs caused the accident and the death of their daughter.

According to the Civil Complaint, Wilson's family alleges that Saint Louis County, which operates the 911 emergency response, failed to move the improperly placed signs after they were notified by other drivers via 911.

The resolution passed 6-1 with Commissioner Keith Nelson in opposition.

"Some steps that we have to deal with as a county are, making sure our dispatchers are updated with the amount of knowledge that they can and that staffing is adequate so we can cover our bases with 911 services," said Commissioner Patrick Boyle, who represents District 2.

Other defendants the Wilson Family is holding accountable include the driver of the other car, Jeffery Reed; the construction company, Benchmark Engineering; and Jola and Sopp Excavating.

Commissioner Boyle says the board wanted to settle the case out of court.

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