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School district pays $160,000 to settle bus accident lawsuit
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School district pays $160,000 to settle bus accident lawsuit

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SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Community School District has paid $160,000 to a woman who was injured when a school bus rear-ended her vehicle in 2013.

The school board on Monday approved the settlement with Jennifer Fitzpatrick, who dismissed the lawsuit on Thursday.

The settlement is covered by the district's insurance carrier. Each side will pay its own legal costs.

Fitzpatrick filed her suit against the district and bus driver Marsha Tucker in January 2015, seeking damages for past and future medical expenses.

Fitzpatrick was injured on April 4, 2013, when she was driving south on Floyd Boulevard and her Toyota Camry was rear-ended by a school bus driven by Tucker. Fitzpatrick blamed the collision on Tucker's negligence. The lawsuit did not disclose the extent of Fitzpatrick's injuries.

According to terms of the settlement release, the agreement is not an admission of liability by the district or Tucker.

The settlement is the second six-figure payment the district has made in recent weeks. In April, the district paid $262,500 to an elementary school student's mother who had sued the district, saying that her son was injured because staff members failed to protect him from another student's bullying behavior.


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