City Council to vote on $1M settlement in Lilydale landslide - KMSP-TV

St. Paul City Council to vote on $1M settlement in fatal Lilydale landslide

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On Thursday, details of a $1-million settlement with the families of the children that were killed and injured when a landslide buried them during a field trip to Lilydale Regional Park were unveiled.

The settlement would pay $400,000 each to the families of Haysem Sani and Mohamed Fofana, both of whom died after the ground gave way while they were hunting for fossils on May 22.

An additional $200,000 would also be paid to the family of Devin Meldahl for costs related the injuries he sustained in the collapse. In a release explaining the settlement terms, Danielle Meldahl declared that Devin's injuries "are or may be permanent and progressive, and that recovery therefrom is uncertain and indefinite."

If the settlement is accepted, the city and all of its employees will be immune from any additional claims or damages related to the incident. The city is not admitting liability, and both sides would agree not to "negatively characterize the settlement or make any disparaging remarks" regarding St. Paul if it is accepted. 

About 50 fourth-grade students from Peter Hobart Elementary School were in the park hunting for fossils at the time of the disaster. Prior to the landslide, the city of St. Paul issued more than 400 permits annually to student groups.

The settlement still needs to clear the City Council. A vote is scheduled for March 12.

FROM THE FOX 9 ARCHIVE

May 22, 2013: 4th grader killed, 1 rescued, one missing in field trip landslide
May 23, 2013: Body of missing 4th grader found, area of park closes
May 23, 2013: Timeline of Lilydale landslide
May 23, 2013: What causes landslides?
June 24, 2013: St. Paul warned of erosion 4 years before Lilydale landslide
Sept. 5, 2013: Investigation concludes Lilydale landslide was unpredictable

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