UPDATE: Lawsuit settled in Kansas boy's death at airport

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Relatives of a Kansas boy killed by a falling sign inside Birmingham

Luke Bresette, 10. Boy killed by a falling sign at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport March 22, 2013. (Family phorto)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of a Kansas boy killed by a falling sign inside Birmingham's airport are settling a wrongful death lawsuit filed over the accident.

The parents and four siblings of 10-year-old Luke Bresette each will receive an undisclosed amount of money from companies that were involved in designing, making and installing the sign under an agreement approved Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

The boy from Overland Park, Kansas, was crushed by a flight information sign that fell inside a renovated section of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in March 2013. His family was returning home from a trip to Florida.

Mother Heather Bresette was seriously injured. Two younger brothers were hurt.

The free-standing flight information board toppled over as the family walked by.

The family sued contractors that worked on a renovation at Birmingham's airport.


Previous story:

Relatives of a Kansas boy killed by a falling sign inside Birmingham's airport are due in court for a hearing in a lawsuit filed over the incident.

Court officials won't discuss the nature of the hearing set for Wednesday morning in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

But the family of 10-year-old Luke Bresette plans to hold a news conference with their lawyers after the hearing.

The boy from Overland Park, Kansas, was crushed by a flight information sign that fell inside a renovated section of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on March 22, 2013. His family of seven was returning home from a trip to Destin, Florida.

His mother, Heather Bresette, was seriously injured. Two younger brothers also were hurt.

The hearing concerns the family's wrongful death lawsuit against contractors working at the airport.


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