The City of Columbia will pay $3.4 million in its settlement with the family of Gabriella Curry, who died after she was hit by a police vehicle in January outside Battle High School, according to documents obtained by KOMU.
Each of Gabriella’s parents will receive more than $1.1 million. Their attorneys, Eng & Woods, will receive more than $1.7 million, and the city will cover funeral costs in the amount of just under $27,000.
The family had filed a wrongful death claim after the 4-year-old was struck and killed by an SUV driven by Columbia Police Officer Andrea Heese.
Judge Kevin Crane approved the settlement between Gabriella’s parents, the city, its insurer and Heese, city spokesperson Steven Sapp confirmed in an email.
Crane sealed the settlement.
The child was struck by the vehicle on the sidewalk outside the school. Heese was trying to drive up on the sidewalk to watch students boarding school buses in the parking lot, according to previous Missourian reporting.
Heese was placed on administrative leave after the incident per department protocol, according to previous reporting. She remains on leave, KOMU reported.
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