Lawsuit over Fairbanks parade death settled

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Lawyers have reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed over the death of a 15-year-old boy who was crushed by a truck pulling a float during the Golden Days parade in July 2001.

Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

David Lee Truex was killed while passing out fliers advertising dance classes taught at the Silver Spur nightclub. He had been riding on steps between the truck and the trailer carrying the float. Police said that, when Truex tried to get back on the steps, his foot got caught in the first set of tires and he was pulled under the truck. He died instantly.

Truex's mother, Leanne Kozie, filed a suit last year against the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce; truck driver John Sadler; Airport Equipment Rentals, owner of the truck and the trailer on which the float was built; and the Silver Spur, which sponsored the float.

Before settling the case, Kozie had sought more than $100,000, with an exact total to be determined at trial. The case had been scheduled to go to trial in August.

Kozie's attorney, William Satterberg, said a settlement was reached earlier this month.

''All parties have settled amicably,'' Satterberg said. ''Hopefully, some good will come of this and we'll all learn something from it.''

Attorney John Tiemessen, who represented the Silver Spur in the case, had similar comments.

''I think it's good all the parties can put it behind them,'' Tiemessen said. ''It was just a horrible tragedy for everyone involved.''

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